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.
TO CONTACT THE COMMISSION: (603) 249-0628 or email@example.com We are currently looking for additional members to the commission.
4th Saturday Hike. February 27, 2016 Hitchiner Town Forest. Please plan for slippery conditions - bring crampons and hiking poles. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Please monitor the website for last minute changes.
Next scheduled meeting - February 11, 2016 AGENDA
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.
Voting Day 2016 - The Commission needs your support in this year's request to put $20,000 in the Land Conservation Fund. This additional $20,000 helps build a base of funds in the event that conservation opportunities become available. The Land Fund allows the Conservation Commission to work with other conservation organizations or land owners in preserving land that has high natural resource value, i.e. water areas,(future well), wildlife habitat and open space. The Land Fund has repeatedly been supported by town residents. The Commission is also requesting permission to place a Conservation Easement on the Hitchiner Town Forest. This easement will permanently protect all the resources that we need and enjoy at Hitchiner Town Forest. This 193 acre parcel was given to the town in 1986. It is heavily used by hikers and birders who take advantage of the field and forest habitats for a diverse wildlife population. In addition, bikers use the trails at Hitchiner to make a connection between trails at Brox and Beaver Brook properties and Mile Slip Town Forest. Lastly, the Commission is supporting an Open Space Access warrant article. This warrant article is asking for permission from the town to exchange a driveway Right of Way on the Falcon Ridge Open Space (.1 acre) to the Brown Property for an eight (8) acre conservation easement on the Brown property.
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.