Andover Conservation Commission

Conservation Commission

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The Town's conservation commission is a branch of town government whose members are appointed by the selectmen and which is responsible under statutory law for the following activities:

36-A:2 Conservation Commission. -- A city or town which accepts the provisions of this chapter may establish a conservation commission, hereinafter called the commission, for the proper utilization and protection of the natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources of said city or town. Such commission shall conduct researches into its local land and water areas and shall seek to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes, and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its work. It shall keep an index of all open space and natural, aesthetic or ecological areas within the city or town, as the case may be, with the plan of obtaining information pertinent to proper utilization of such areas, including lands owned by the state or lands owned by a town or city. It shall keep an index of all marshlands, swamps and all other wet lands in a like manner, and may recommend to the city council or selectmen or to the department of resources and economic development a program for the protection, development or better utilization of all such areas. It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and actions and shall file an annual report which shall be printed in the annual town or municipal report. The commission may appoint such clerks and other employees or subcommittees as it may from time to time require.

Andover's conservation commission administers certain conservation easements which have been purchased by and given to the Town, has prepared a designation and map of prime wetlands deserving of a higher than usual level of protection, is currently negotiating for further conservation easements, and is drafting a conservation article for review and possible adoption by the Master Plan Update Committee.

The Conservation Commission has also prepared a natural resources inventory for the town, which will be included in the Master Plan section of this website.

Conservation easements customarily require that hiking trails be open to the public, and those interested in such recreation may wish to avail themselves of such trails on the so-called 'Newman Easement' abutting Old College Road.

Contact Andover Conservation Commission

Andover, New Hampshire  03216


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