Wilton Conservation Commission: What We Do


As Advisors: The Conservation Commission has members knowledgeable in many disciplines, with intimate familiarity with the town, its properties, and its natural resources. We write letters, testify, conduct site walks, work with land use boards and monitor meetings to ensure conservation concerns are addressed.

As Coordinators: The commission attends meetings, sits on boards and works in concert with the Souhegan River Local Advisory Committee (SoRLAC), The Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC), the Regional Open Space Team (ROST), NH Fish and Game Department, NH Department of Environmental Services, and other conservation-related associations, on projects that impact Wilton and the region.

As Educators: The commission sponsors the annual Souhegan Sustainability Fair, the associated library lecture series and the film series at the Town Hall Theatre. We’re encouraging new conservation-based curricula in the schools to interest our young people in careers in forestry, land stewardship, ranger programs, wildlife biology, permaculture, and bio-diversity research.

As Protectors: The commission identifies strategic properties for acquisition and/or conservation easements. We provide technical assistance to the Zoning-, Planning- and Select Boards as they make decisions about property uses from wetland crossings to bridge repair.

As Stewards: The commission provides regular oversight and maintenance of third-party easements, conservation lands and strategic properties that protect wetlands, drinking water, and wildlife habitats. We monitor all timber cuts, water quality testing and construction projects. Some of our members are land stewards for the Heald Tract and Sheldrick Forest, conservation lands owned by third parties like the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and the Nature Conservancy.

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