Land Conservation

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 10:00am

Join a guided hiking tour of the proposed 150- acre tract addition to the adjacent Moose Mountains Reservation in Middleton with Forest Society naturalist and Director of Education, Dave Anderson.

Nottingham Conservation Commission member and expert wildlife tracker Kristen Lamb pointed out the tracks in the snow but didn’t give away their maker right away, giving the group behind her time to lean on their ski poles and look for more clues.

by Jack Savage

The upcoming generation, as represented by students in the Natural Resources department at the University of New Hampshire, thinks that we are insane. And they sound determined to make some changes.

Dec. 11, 2014 – A 150-acre bastion of excellent wildlife habitat and scenic woodlands in Middleton is much closer to being conserved now that the state's Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) has granted $112,500 to the effort to protect it from development. 

Who owns the land when a conservation easement is placed on a property?

As a landowner, you continue to own and have the right to manage your land while giving up the right to engage in certain intensive uses of the property.  You will continue to be responsible for paying the local property taxes on the parcel.

Who can hold conservation easements?

According to New Hampshire state law, conservation easements can be held by a qualified non-profit conservation organizations or public agencies and municipalities able to ensure that the property is protected in perpetuity.  Private groups such as the Forest Society, the NH Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and local land trusts are equipped to receive and enforce conservation easements.

What uses are permitted on conservation easement land?

Typically, conservation easements held by the Forest Society allow the landowner to continue to use the land for agriculture, forestry, non-commercial outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat management and all other uses that are compatible with the conservation goals for the property and not specifically prohibited by the  easement terms.

What uses are prohibited on conservation easement land?

Conservation easements generally prohibit subdivision and development, commercial and industrial activities, except agriculture and forestry, mining and excavating, filling or disturbance of wetlands, and disposal of man-made waste or hazardous materials.