MISSION The Milford Conservation Commission promotes the conservation, protection and sound management of Milford's natural resources for current and future generations.
VISION The Commission seeks to balance the community's immediate needs and desires with responsible long-term use and protection of our natural resources. As appointed stewards, we educate and encourage the public to make wise decisions about these resources.
WARRANT ARTICLES #17 AND #28 - THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
4th Saturday Hike MILE SLIP TOWN FOREST 9:00am. August 27, 2016 Please join us for the commission’s 4th Saturday Hike on August 27, 2016 at Mile Slip Town Forest at 9:00. There is parking available on Mile Slip Road. There are several trails to hike – we will explore the new singletrack trail on the east side of Badger Hill. The hike will last about 1.5 hours, but you can leave whenever you need. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
Next scheduled meeting - September 8, 2016
The Commission is looking to fill a vacancy on the board. Please contact the Commission by email or phone or use the volunteer application on the town website.
The Brox Natural Resource Inventory (NRI), which was done at the request of the commission, is completed. The WHAT and WHY of an NRI. Presentation to the public of the NRI by a Forest Bell Environmental biologist.
Tucker Brook Town Forest Timber Harvest is complete. There is still cleanup work to be done. Due to unseasonal weather and thawing soil conditions, the work can’t be completed as yet. The commission is working with the Forester to have the tasks completed in a timely fashion. We hope you have an opportunity to see the new viewscapes. One abutter suggested that a bench be placed on one of the knolls for hikers to relax and appreciate the revealed landscape.
Work Day at the Rail Trail
There was a trail work day at the Rail Trail on June 14. Lots of rocks were moved by several volunteers. THANK YOU to Brian, Carolyn, Rob, Lori, Loki and Rob. We are not done. There is still a lot of brush work that needs to be done. If you have an hour or so, please feel free to use your loppers, clippers or hand saw to remove anything within 5’ of the center of the trail. Anything that those tools can’t handle should be left in place. The Trails Committee created a very helpful manual to guide you. http://www.milford.nh.gov/town/boards-committees-and-commissions/conservation/trails-manual
|Rail Trail Improvement 2014|
The DPW crew has been hard at work
improving the grading along the rail trail
between the Johnson Easement and Melendy Road.
There are a couple of perpetually
soggy areas which have also been regraded.
Who We Are
The seven members and several alternates of the conservation commission are volunteer citizens of Milford. We all have a common goal, to educate ourselves and the town's people to understand and appreciate the natural environment. We inventory, oversee and plan for the protection of the town's natural resources. These resources include the river and streams, the wetlands and wildlife, forests, trails and open space. The commission advises the other town boards, developers and landowners in the protection of the natural treasures in our town.
What We Do
Our activities can be generally divided into the following categories: land protection and management, interaction with the Wetlands Bureau, natural resources inventory, advisory capacity to other Town Boards, and education.
- The commission was instrumental in etablishing five town forests. It continues to manage these town forests: caring forthe continued health of the forest community, builidng and maintaining public trails, and monitoring property lines.
- Assist property owners to protect their land for the future with conservation easements. The commission is a nonprofit which accepts gifts of land that support our mission.
- Review requests for wetland disturbances from property owners and developers, giving our recommendations to the applicant and the state Wetlands Bureau for reducing the impacts.
- Attend workshops and seminars to gain the tools to better do our job.
- Sponsor programs and events to educate ourselves, the public, town boards and other local commssions.
- Work with private and state organizations, college students and local residents to improve our skills in habitat management.
- Wrote the Conservation Plan. This document is valuable to us and to the town as a planning tool for the future.
How You Can Help
Do you have an interest in the environment? Volunteers are needed for one time projects, for ongoing trail work, for writing articles, leading hikes, finding money and writing grants, developing self-guided nature trails or as full members of the commission. The conservation commission holds a public meeting every second Thursday of the month at 7 pm. in the Selectmen's Meeting Room, on the main floor of the Town Hall. If you think you may be interested in joining us or would like to see what we are all about, please feel free to sit in on a meeting. The agenda for the meeting is posted in the town hall and on our website twenty-four hours before the meeting. We have maps of our trails available free of charge just inside the door to the Planning and Building Department in the Town Hall. Or contact the commission at conservation @milford.nh.gov or 603-249-0628.