Merrimack River Watershed Plan
The Merrimack Conservation Plan is the final product of two years of effort by a dedicated group of conservation and planning professionals representing 33 private organizations and public agencies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In early 2012, this broad partnership committed itself to an ambitious effort to develop a conservation plan that would focus and accelerate land conservation in the Merrimack River watershed of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Working together, the group developed a science-driven, consensus land conservation plan that integrates the best-available natural resource data with expert judgement to prioritize land protection to protect water quality (especially drinking water supplies), preserve aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, conserve the region's working farms and forests, and provide recreational open space.
The Merrimack River in Canterbury, NH. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman