Conservation Commission

Conservation Commission Minutes 09.19.17

Bradford Conservation Commission Draft Minutes September 19, 2017, 7pm at Brown Memorial Library Present: George Beaton, Seth Benowitz, Nathanial Bruss, J Ann Eldridge, Patty Furness, Scott MacLean. Secretary’s Report: The draft minutes of 8/15/17 were reviewed and accepted as read. Warner River: The nomination of the Warner River to the NH River Management and Protection Program was unanimously approved by the River Management Advisory Council. The RMAC, NHDES River Program, and the Rivers Council have joined Trout Unlimited in supporting and advocating for the nomination. The next step is NHDES Commissioner approval, whereby the nomination would be sent to the NH General Court to be voted on by the legislature. Tracie Sales (NH Rivers Program chair) and Senator Dan Feltes…
Read more

Conservation Commission Minutes 08.15.17

Bradford Conservation Commission Minutes August 15, 2017, 7pm at Brown Memorial Library Present: George Beaton, Seth Benowitz, Nathanial Bruss, J Ann Eldridge, Meg Fearnley, Patty Furness, Brooks McCandlish. Secretary’s Report: The draft minutes for 7/18/17 were unavailable for acceptance. Treasurer’s Report: Meg stated BCC has earned $9.78 in interest on accounts. Warner River: The submission of the nomination of the Warner River to the NH River Management and Protection Program will be decided by the DES at the end of August. This step will determine if the nomination will be submitted to the NH Legislature for voting. Map 9/Lot 10: There has been road fill at this site on East Washington Road that is encroaching on wetlands. Ann will file…
Read more

Conservation Commission Minutes 07.18.17

Bradford Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes 18 July, 2017 Present:Seth Benowitz, Nathanial Bruss, Meg Fearnley, Patty Furness, Brooks McCandlish Secretary’s Report: The minutes of 6/20/17 were accepted as read. Treasurer’s Report: Meg stated that the Forest Maintenance CD has been reinvested in the same account. Correspondence: An intent to cut has been submitted to the Selectmen’s agenda. Seth will ask Karen to notify the BCC in advance. Beaver Deceiver: Seth presented information on Skip Lisle’s Beaver Deceiver, and possible locations for installation were discussed. He estimated the cost to be $2000-$2500, including installation. Agricultural Zoning: Brooks emphasized the importance of not separating agriculture from other zoning, and having an affirmative right to agriculture in any zone to protect and promote agriculture….
Read more

Conservation Commission Minutes 06.21.17

Bradford Conservation Commission Draft Meeting Minutes June 21, 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 draft meeting minutes of 6/16/17 were accepted as read. Treasurer’s Report: Meg reported $8.52 interest has been earned on accounts over the past 3 months. Warner River Nominating Committee: Scott reported that a draft of the proposal has been submitted and accepted by the Department of Environmental Services. The next step will be a public hearing presented by DES and NH Rivers Advisory Commission on Tues, July 11, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Warner Town Hall. Scott encouraged members to attend to show support. Thanks…
Read more

Public Hearing Notice – Nomination of the Warner River 07.11.17

Public Hearing Notice Nomination of the Warner River into the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and the New Hampshire Rivers Management Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing in Warner on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to accept public comments on the nomination of the Warner River into the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program. The Warner River Nomination Committee and the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission submitted a nomination application to NHDES on June 1, 2017. The application is available for review on the NHDES website at https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/ divisions/water/wmb/rivers/nominations.htm. Learn more at: http://warnerrivernomination.wordpress.com. The NHDES Rivers Coordinator has determined the application meets state…
Read more

Conservation Commission Minutes 05.16.17

Bradford Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes 16 May 2017, 7pm at Brown Memorial Library Present: George Beaton, Seth Benowitz, Nathanial Bruss, J Ann Eldridge, Meg Fearnley, Brooks McCandlish Minutes from April 18 meeting reviewed and accepted. Meg presented the Treasurer’s report. A CD has been rolled over at Lake Sunapee Bank. Michelle and David Halstead appeared to discuss plans and progress for the Bradford portion of the Concord – Lake Sunapee Rail Trail. A total of 3.21 miles will be in Bradford (out of approximately 32 miles for the total Rail Trail.) Phase 1 will be from the Newbury town line to the Bradford Market on Rt. 103. Routing issues were discussed, such as bridging Lake Todd, avoiding wetlands and avoiding…
Read more

Conservation Commission Minutes 04.18.17

Bradford Conservation Commission Meeting 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 items discussed: –…
Read more

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,…
Read more

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…
Read more