WHAT DOES

NHACC Do?

The NH Association of Conservation Commissions is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy to conservation commissions, so they can be successful protecting natural resources.

WHAT DO

Conservation Commissions do?

Conservation commissions are local volunteers who work to study and protect natural resources. NH’s Conservation commissions have the responsibility to ensure the thoughtful and appropriate use of NH's natural resources through a variety of tools and techniques.

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HOW

You Can Help.

Volunteer.
Invest In Your Local Community.
Consider Land Conservation.
And Above All - VOTE!

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Conservation News and Events

9/10/21 NHACC Annual Meeting and Conference

Please Join Us for the NHACC

Annual Meeting and Conference

Saturday, November 6, 2021

from 8: am to 1 pm 

The NHACC Annual Meeting and Conference is the only State-wide conference dedicated to municipal conservation commission members. 

Featuring Florence Williams, author of the book Nature Fix about the science behind nature's positive effects on humans. We will be offering 12 workshop sessions following the keynote presentation. Don’t miss this educational networking opportunity to learn from both peers and professionals. 

5/29/21 Virtual Meetings and RSA 91-A

Virtual Meeting and RSA 91-A

The State of Emergency ended at midnight on Friday, June 11, 2021. This means that all public meetings must be held in person and a quorum of the public body shall be physically present at the location. Conservation commission must continue to follow right-to-know laws as regulated in RSA 91-A. If you would like to learn more about the Right-to-know laws join us for a program on July 7 at 7:00 PM with Stephen Buckley, an attorney from the New Hampshire Municipal Association. More information can be found on the NHACC calendar.

Both bills that proposed a committee to study remove meetings, HB 108 and SB 95, did not reach a consensus between the House and the Senate failed to pass. 

New Hampshire's 217th Conservation Commission

Monadnock from Roxbury. Photo by Amy BodwellAt the March 1965 Town Meetings, 18 towns established conservation commissions, including Bedford, Center Harbor, Durham, Epsom, Exeter, Francestown, Gilford, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Hollis, Hooksett, Littleton, Meredith, New London, Rindge, Rye, Salem and Sunapee. 50 years later we are still adding towns to the statewide list! Say hello to Roxbury, our state's newest conservation commission! With a population just a little over 200 residents, Roxbury is one of NH's smallest communities, but is certainly not without a passion for conservation! I asked Amy Bodwell, one of the organizing members, a few questions about how they got started:

How did the idea to form a conservation commission come about?
I served on a Conservation Commission in Brookfield, IL for 10 years and loved it. I was disappointed Roxbury did not have one after moving here. But I ended up as head of the Planning Board and didn’t think about it again until Tom Duston [NHACC Board Member & Chesterfield Conservation Commission] approached me to see if we were interested. We are starting to collect wildlife information as Roxbury is under reported at the state level so we were already engaged in that activity.

Dam and old mill site. Photo by Amy BodwellWhat do you think you might do first?
We have not met officially but the group of us talked about building a working relationship with the Keene Conservation Commission. Keene owns about 2700 acres of land in the middle of Roxbury for their watershed. We also talked about marking the town boundaries. We would like to do a natural resource inventory and that also means a good relationship with Keene. We hope to get better acquainted with easements as all the land in Roxbury is privately held other than the Keene land and we want to encourage people to consider those or be available if someone needs information. The town does not own any land except around town hall.

Why is conservation important for Roxbury?
The town is tiny and everyone wants to keep the rural characteristic here. Many of the folks I know here are into conservation. Whether a conservation commission is critical like it is in many towns, I’m not sure, but it feels good to be starting one. 

Photo credit: Amy Bodwell

Every dollar invested in conservation yields $11 of economic benefit in NH

The Trust for Public Land released their much-anticipated report on NH's Return on Investment in Land Conservation. This study provides a fantastic resource for conservation commissions looking to promote and support land conservation efforts in their towns.

Your Assistance is Needed to Determine Which Conservation Commission Came First

50 years go the NH Legislature passed the enabling legislation for conservation commissions. Towns began forming commissions the following year.

We need your help: When did your community vote to form a conservation commission? Were you the first? Is your commission the newest in the state? To celebrate this important milestone, we'll display copies of your warrant articles at the NHACC Annual Meeting. 

Please contact the NHACC office if you don't know what year to start; we have an idea of when most commissions started. You'll need to research the town reports from the year of formation and the following year. Send us a photocopy or scan of the warrant language (year of passage) and any related discussion (minutes of the previous year's meeting). 

You can send us the documents in two ways: Email us scans of the relevant pages or snail mail copies to NHACC, 54 Porstmouth Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Have fun and thanks for your help!

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