Easton, NH 03580
Commission membership is currently available for interested residents.
Historical Informational Documents
The American Chestnut - Castanea dentata
Princeton Elm - Ulmus americana 'Princeton'
Additional Informative Website Links
The Town of Easton Conservation Commission was established for the proper utilization and protection of the natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources of the town of Easton, New Hampshire.
The commission's role, as directed by NH RSA CHAPTER 36-A: CONSERVATION COMMISSIONS is to:
- Conduct studies into the community's land and water areas
- Seek to coordinate the activity of unofficial committees or projects organized for similar purposes
- Keep an index of all open space and natural, aesthetic, or ecological areas (including all marshlands, swamps, and other wetlands)
- Keep accurate records of meetings and actions
As authorized by NH RSA CHAPTER 36-A: CONSERVATION COMMISSIONS the commission may also:
- Recommend programs for the protection, development, or better utilization of all areas in Easton's Conservation Index
- Receive and manage gifts of money and property, both real and personal, in the name of Easton, New Hampshire (subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen)
- Advertise, prepare, print, and distribute books, maps, charts, plans, and pamphlets to inform the community of its work
- Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF or Forest Society) - Protecting Your Land: Conservation Easement Options for New Hampshire Landowners
Organizations Supporting Landowner Conservation
WETLANDS IN EASTON
Wetlands are a valuable natural resource protected by the town of Easton and the State of New Hampshire, as well as the US Federal Government. In all wetlands jurisdictions,
the more restrictive regulations apply.
It is the responsibility of each Easton landowner to know that the permitted uses of
wetlands are limited and that no structures can be erected or constructed on wetlands.
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) - Wetlands Fact Sheets
The Grafton County Soil Survey and Easton Natural Resources Maps are available at
the Easton Town Hall for identifying the potential presence of wetlands. Wetlands/upland
boundaries can be delineated by a certified soils scientist.
RECOGNIZING WETLANDS - US Army Corps of Engineers Publication
Permitted Uses of Wetlands
Approved wetlands uses are listed in the Easton Zoning Ordinances, Section 604
WETLANDS CONSERVATION OVERLAY DISTRICT. For specific wetlands uses (i.e. driveways that cross wetlands), NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) permits, as well as zoning variances, are required.
Additional Wetlands Information and Permits
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Wetlands Bureau
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetlands Reserve Program
October 2, 2019
The Cooley Jericho Hills dominate the western views as one travels along the Easton Valley (NH RT 116).
They are part of the Cooley-Jericho Community Forest, an 840 acre parcel of woodlands in Easton.
The CJCF was formed in a unique partnership between ACT (Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust), Easton and the adjacent towns of Sugar Hill, Landaff and Franconia. Although the land is solely in Easton, all the communities came together to raise funds to protect this land. It is truly a community resource.
ACT works with the towns and its advisors to promote multiple use management of the tract. They include; recreation, education, forestry and wildlife. Hiking and Mountain Bike Trails have been constructed in partnership with AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club), and volunteers. The land is utilized as an outdoor classroom for area schools. Currently, a partnership is being formed with the Backcountry ski association, to develop several glade skiing trails. The tract is home to a wide variety of native wildlife; moose, deer, bear, grouse, turkey and coyote can all be found here.
The properties trails can be accessed from the Trumpet Round Road, off the Dyke road in Sugar Hill, the Merrill Mt. road in Landaff and from the Jericho Trail (WMNF) on NH 116 in Easton. (Specific trail maps and directions can be found on the ACT website - Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (act-nh.org)
- Town of Easton, New Hampshire 2019 Master Plan
- (This Section is in process and is currently being developed)