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Next Meeting - March 13, 2014 in the BOS Meeting Room at 7:00pm
1.) Petition Warrant Article # 23 - Conservation Land Fund Appropriation - $20,000
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 (Twenty Thousand Dollars) to add to the Conservation Land Fund created in accordance with RSA 36-A, said land fund being allowed to accumulate from year to year and to be available for the acquisition of property, conservation easements and other RSA 36-A purposes. Contributions further the protection of the town's natural resources.
Explanation: The Conservation Land Fund has a balance of $41,721 available. This is not sufficient for the purchase of any significant piece of property. An additional $20,000 continues to build a base of funds to work with other organizations in the event that prime properties become available or to work with landowners if easements are available. The Land Fund requests repeatedly have been supported by more than 65% of the voters since 2000. There are currently 2 properties whose owners are hoping for assistance from the Conservation Commission.
2.) Petition Warrant Article # 24 - Mile Slip Town Forest Conservation Easement - $0
To see if the Town will vote to place a Conservation Easement on Mile Slip Town Forest. In accordance with RSA 36-A the Conservation Commission is requesting that a Conservation Easement be placed on Mile Slip Town Forest to further the protection of the town's natural resources. A Conservation Easement is a voluntary agreement to preserve land in perpetuity. It does not transfer land ownership, but rather spells out the Town's commitments to protect the existing character of the property
Explanation: The Mile Slip Town Forest was conserved by the town in 2005 with 75% voter approval. In 2006 the public again overwhelmingly supported the Conservation Commission's request to designate the Mile Slip property as a Town Forest with 89% in the affirmative. The Commission is requesting to place an easement on Mile Slip Town Forest. A conservation easement is a permanent, legally binding agreement held by a qualified conservation organization that ensures the rights of the easement are upheld by the landowner and abutters.
Purposes: The intent and purpose of this Conservation Easement is (1) to protect the property and its resource values, in perpetuity, in a natural forested and undeveloped condition; (2) to promote the conservation of forests, wetlands, natural watercourses and wildlife present; (3) to protect and enhance the value of abutting and neighboring natural resources, open spaces and conservation areas; (4) to permit silvicultural management activities on the Property subject to a Forest Management Plan; and (5) to permit recreational, scientific, and educational activities on the Property. Present and future generations of our community will enjoy the scenic beauty of Mile Slip and benefit from the protected ingredients for healthy living: clean air and clean water, healthy forest for hiking and relaxation and diversity of wildlife and habitats.
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.
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. Towns in New Hampshire were given the right by the state to form a conservation commission in 1963. Milford voted in 1968 to establish this commission as advisors to aid the other town boards, developers and landowners in the protection of the natural treasures in our town.
What We Do
The commission has been instrumental in establishing five town forests and laying out trails open to the public for their enjoyment. We have erected signs, printed trail maps and cleared and blazed the trails. We assist owners of large properties to protect their land for the future with conservation easements. The commission is a nonprofit which accepts gifts of land for wildlife habitat protection or trail corridors. We 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. We attend workshops and seminars to gain the tools to better do our job. We sponsor programs and events to educate ourselves, the public, town boards and other local commissions. To expand our resource inventory we work with private and state organizations, college students and local residents. We are honing our skills in wildlife tracking, GIS mapping, identification of plants and soils. One of our major exercises is the development of our 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? Do you have any skills that you would like to offer the town? Do you have a little time to share with us? The commission would be happy to meet with you. We need volunteers 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 p.m. 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 just 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 the Tuesday before the meeting. If you would like to be on our mailing list for future seminars or events drop us a note via email, US mail or give us a call. There is no obligation. We have maps of our trails available free of charge just inside the door to the Planning and Building Department in the Town Hall.