What Do CC's Do?

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 technical expertise opportunities for collaboration and networking, public outreach, and a strong voice on state-wide issues. Conservation commissions are very active in NH.

These engaged volunteers study natural resources and develop long-term plans and strategies for the protection of critical habitats, water resources, and natural areas. They provide educational programs to the public and lead hikes and outdoor activities. They manage town lands for timber production, recreation, and wildlife. They work closely with the State’s Department of Environmental Services to provide local comments on wetland permits.

Conservation commissions are on the forefront of emerging issues. They help develop conservation plans to ensure future development is located in the most appropriate areas of town. They ensure community resilience by assisting with hazard mitigation plans to address flooding and watershed protection. They assess road crossings for potential barriers like underside culverts and help to restore aquatic connectivity through replacement or removal. They develop and implement restoration and management plans that support wildlife resilience and connectivity for wildlife migration. These forward-thinking volunteers provide a valuable service to their communities.


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