Conservation Commission

Conservation Commission Minutes 04.18.17

Bradford Conservation Commission Meeting / Draft Minutes 18 April 2017, 7pm at Brown Memorial Library Present: George Beaton, Seth Benowitz, Nathanial Bruss, J Ann Eldridge, Meg Fearnley, Scott MacLean Minutes from March 20 meeting reviewed and accepted. Meg presented the Treasurer’s report. NHACC dues have been paid for this year. We need some additional print copies of the NRI. Committee approved funds necessary to print 5 copies. George attended a recent workshop on ‘Conservation Options for Land Owners’. The workshop was organized and led by ASLPT. Among the people presenting were Andy Deegan (ASLPT), Van Webb (Sunapee Conservation Commission Chairperson), and Rebecca Courser (land owner for a very large easement in Warner. Ann attended the Ausbon Sargent Chairpersons Roundtable. Some…
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Conservation Commission Minutes 03.20.17

Meeting Minutes 20 March 2017, 7pm at Brown Memorial Library Present:George Beaton, Seth Benowitz, Nathanial Bruss, J Ann Eldridge, Meg Fearnley, Patty Furness, Brooks McCandlish. Also present Ben Nugent from NH Fish and Game, George Embley from the Basil W. Woods, Jr. chapter of Trout Unlimited and Chris Connors who has been working with the Warner River Protective Designation. Secretary’s Draft Report: The draft meeting minutes of 2/21/17 were reviewed and accepted as read. Treasurer’s Report: Meg stated that $2.16 interest was earned on account. Warner River Stream-Crossing Assessment: Ben Nugent from NH Fish and Game spoke to the group about the Wild Brook Trout project initiated in 2012. Wild brook trout in the Lower and Upper Warner River watershed,…
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Free Topo Maps (vetted safe)

National Geographic has recently created a page that provide the USPS Topological Maps of the entire United States as downloadables in a format that makes it easy for printing. This is a great resource for anyone who loves to use the outdoors and we have plenty of that in Bradford. Here is a sample of one page in our area (this has been reduced in resolution for the website):

Conservation Commission Minutes 02.21.17

Bradford Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes February 21, 2017, 7pm at Brown Memorial Library Present: George Beaton, Seth Benowitz, J Ann Eldridge, Meg Fearnley, Patty Furness, Scott MacLean, Brooks McCandlish Secretary’s Report: The draft meeting minutes of January 17, 2017 were reviewed and accepted as read. Treasurer’s Report: Meg stated $2.39 interest was earned on account in January 2017. Saving Special Places 2017: Registration for workshops is now open for this annual land conservation conference. It will take place on Saturday, April 8 in Alton at Prospect Mountain High School. Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series:The schedule is out, and programs in this author’s series will include big trees (3/7), NH rattlesnakes (3/21), the hurricane of ’38 (3/28), and wildflowers (4/4). Due to…
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Conservation Commission Minutes 01.17.17

Bradford Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes January 17, 2017, 7pm at Brown Memorial Library Present: George Beaton, Seth Benowitz, Nathanial Bruss, J Ann Eldridge, Meg Fearnley, Patty Furness, Scott MacLean, Brooks McCandlish Secretary’s Report: The minutes of December 20, 2016 were reviewed and accepted as read. Treasurer’s Report: Meg stated that the remaining $40.37 of the 2016 budget was transferred into the Land Protection Fund. Saving Special Places 2017: This annual land conservation conference will take place on Saturday, April 8 in Alton, NH at Prospect Mountain High School. Registration will be open in mid February. Natural Resources Conservation Service: The NRCS is expanding targeted conservation efforts for wildlife that depend on agricultural land for food and habitat. Grants are available…
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Conservation Commission Minutes 12.20.16

Bradford Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes 20 December 2016, 7pm at Brown Memorial Library Present: George Beaton, Seth Benowitz, Nathanial Bruss, J Ann Eldridge, Meg Fearnley, Patty Furness, Brooks McCandlish. Secretary’s Draft Report: The minutes from 15 November 2016 were reviewed and accepted as read. Treasurer’s Report: The remaining $88.13 of the 2016 budget will be used to purchase nails for use in the Bog boardwalk repair. Saving Special Places 2017: This annual NH land conservation conference will take place on Saturday, 8 April in Alton, NH. Natural Resources Conservation Service: The NRCS is expanding targeted conservation efforts for wildlife that depend on agriculture benefit from conservation and rural land management, and grant funding is available in this effort. Applications may…
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Conservation Commission Minutes 11.15.16

Bradford Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes 15 November 2016, 7pm at Brown Memorial Library Present: George Beaton, Seth Benowitz, Nathanial Bruss, J Ann Eldridge, Meg Fearnley, Scott MacLean, Brooks McCandlish. Minutes from Oct 18 meeting reviewed and accepted. Meg presented the Treasurer’s report. Budget items: – We need to get the bill from John McDonald for boards used in Bog boardwalk repair. – Trail maps need to be reprinted. There is money for this remaining in this year’s budget; Ann will pursue. Ann, George, & Seth went to the NHACC annual meeting on Nov 12. Reports on various workshops were given. Ann went to Ausbon Sargent Chairpersons Roundtable. Some items discussed: – A statewide wetland buffer is being considered. NHACC is…
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Conservation Commission Minutes 10.18.16

Bradford Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes 18 October 2016, 7pm at Brown Memorial Library Present: George Beaton, Seth Benowitz, Nathanial Bruss, J Ann Eldridge, Meg Fearnley, Scott MacLean, Brooks McCandlish. Budget due this Friday. Discussed budget needs for the coming year. Settled on a figure to request: $916. This is a $30 increase over the current budget, due to inadequate funding for attending conferences in the current budget. Discussed Conservation Commission’s part in funding the Payne easement. Approved immediate expenditure of up to $5,000, if necessary. Kept open the possibility of additional funding depending upon developments in the project and future needs. Ann will attend a meeting about funding with other parties to the project on Friday, Oct 21. Discussed Boardwalk…
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Conservation Commission Minutes 09.20.16

Bradford Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes 20 September 2016, 7pm at Brown Memorial Library Present: George Beaton, Seth Benowitz, Nathanial Bruss, J Ann Eldridge, Patty Furness, Scott MacLean, Brooks McCandlish. Secretary’s Draft Report: The draft meeting minutes were amended to reflect the addition of Brooks McCandlish among those present. The minutes were accepted as read with that correction. Treasurer’s Report: There is $396 remaining in the 2016 budget. A portion of that will be used to reimburse those members wishing to attend the annual conference and for annual repairs to the Bog Boardwalk. NH Association of Conservation Commissions Annual Meeting: This conference will take place on Saturday, 12 November, 2016 at Pembroke Academy in Pembroke, NH. The featured speaker will be…
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