About the Commission
The Chesterfield Conservation Commission was established by the town according to State of New Hampshire RSA 36-A:2 (see below). Operating under the guidelines expressed in the RSA our work can be catalogued under four specific functions:
1. To develop and maintain a series of hiking trails so as to expand the recreational and outdoor educational opportunities available in Chesterfield. This is often done in partnership with local or regional environmental groups such as the Monadnock Conservancy, the Friends of the Gorge, the Friends of Pisgah, and others;
2. To assist the State of New Hampshire, through the wetlands permitting process, in protecting the streams, wet lands, lakes, and other water bodies in the town.
3. To enhance or protect the outstanding visual and wildlife characteristics of the town. This has been done through the reclamation of informal dumpsites, the planting of trees, and the appropriate cataloguing of the town's outstanding environmental features;
4. The protection of particularly unique or strategic landscapes in town. This is typically done in partnership with other local and regional conservation groups as well as various funding agencies, including the state of New Hampshire. Of special note is the establishment of a conservation fund by the Town of Chesterfield. This fund is replenished, up to a maximum of $25,000 per year, with proceeds from the Land Use Change Tax, funds collected when land goes from open space into development. The commission has been quite successful at raising money through grants, both on our own and in partnership with the Monadnock Conservancy.
We periodically run events to publicize the town's environmental features. Such could be trail openings, hiking and snowshoeing excursions, and wildlife identification training. Through this website, public and newspaper postings, and email lists, we attempt to keep the citizens of the town informed of our various activities.
36-A:2 Conservation Commission.
A city or town which accepts the provisions of this chapter may establish a conservation commission, hereinafter called the commission, for the proper utilization and protection of the natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources of said city or town. Such commission shall conduct researches into its local land and water areas and shall seek to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes, and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its work. It shall keep an index of all open space and natural, aesthetic or ecological areas within the city or town, as the case may be, with the plan of obtaining information pertinent to proper utilization of such areas, including lands owned by the state or lands owned by a town or city. It shall keep an index of all marshlands, swamps and all other wet lands in a like manner, and may recommend to the city council or selectmen or to the department of resources and economic development a program for the protection, development or better utilization of all such areas. It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and actions and shall file an annual report which shall be printed in the annual town or municipal report. The commission may appoint such clerks and other employees or subcommittees as it may from time to time require.
The Chesterfield Conservation is designed and managed by
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