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February 22, 2017


A successful catch on Dear Meadow Pond in Chichester, NH.

A Tradition of Land Conservation


Did you know that Yellowstone National Park was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872 as our first national park? If you have not found the time to watch the acclaimed documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” plan to find the time while the winter days are still upon us!  I learned from this 6-hour video series that the idea of permanently conserving land and its natural resources as a shared public treasure was a true American invention.  The wisdom and willingness to act on such a bold legacy makes me proud to be an American.  Conservation land in our country is a special gift from people of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and political affiliations, and they all had the common objective to set aside a valuable portion of land that may have brought them private wealth otherwise.  This reminds us of the deeper meaning of democracy and sharing the land as a “common wealth” for all.


Thanks to the foresight of many private landowners and thoughtful residents managing public funds, Chichester has set aside over 350 acres of high value natural space in town.  Like Yellowstone, this represents a legacy to our future residents.  Much of this land is classified as permanent green space by New Hampshire State Law through an established conservation easement.  The designation of conservation easement ensures protection from major development, yet allows the landowner to pursue agricultural, forestry, and recreational activities.


The Chichester Conservation Commission annually monitors town parcels, while privately-owned easements are managed by qualified organizations in our region, such as the Five Rivers Conservation Trust.  In fact, when it comes to managing conservation land, each of us has a part to play in continued stewardship.  Any contribution we make to land protection positively impacts our community and benefits our natural environment.


Chichester residents interested in learning more about public conservation land in town or exploring the possibility of establishing a conservation easement of their property are invited to a special meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 30 at 7 pm at the Town Grange in the conference room on the lower level.












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