Newmarket Conservation Commission

The Newmarket Conservation Commission meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public and are held in the Council Chambers at the Town Hall. Members are appointed by the Town Council and include seven full members and three alternate members. The Commission is always looking for help with maintaining and monitoring conservation areas, creating educational materials, gathering photos, and much more.


Conservation Commissions in New Hampshire are guided by RSA 36-A, which enables a town to establish a Commission for the proper utilization and protection of the natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources of said city or town.

The Newmarket Conservation Commission has been active for many years commenting on wetlands permit applications and development proposals, managing the Conservation Fund, identifying prime wetlands, offering educational programs and tours, developing trails and interpretive materials for conservation areas, working with landowners and partners to conserve land and protect water resources, and other conservation efforts.

The Conservation Commission is involved with the following projects and activities:

  • Sponsors a pontoon boat ride on the Lamprey River during the Heritage Festival weekend

  • Co-sponsors the Annual Fishing Derby with the Recreation Department

  • Sells (at cost) composters and rain barrels

  • Supports Eagle Scout projects that have included trails, bridges, trail signs, benches, wood duck boxes, and more

  • Contributes to acquisition of conservation areas and conservation easements

  • Monitors town owned conservation areas and town-held conservation easements

  • Creates educational materials for town conservation areas

  • Comments on wetlands permit applications

  • Offers educational programs and nature walks


The Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund is specific fund authorized by RSA 36-A; it is non-lapsing and can accumulate from year to year. The Conservation Commission has sole authority to expand from this fund without further approval from town meeting. However prior to using these funds for the purchase of any interest in real property, the Conservation Commission shall hold a public hearing and the Town Council must approve the acquisition. The town treasurer administers the Conservation Fund. Money in the Conservation Fund can come from several different sources including the Land Use Change Tax. Other funding can originate from town appropriations, surplus funds from the Town budget, gifts from private individuals, and by allowing the Conservation Commission to retain unexpended funds from the Commission’s budget appropriation or other sources. Most of the funding for the Newmarket Conservation Fund has come from the land use change tax, which receives 50% of these funds. The Conservation Fund is non-lapsing, which is particularly important for open space conservation, since projects often require an accumulation of large sums of money.

The Newmarket Conservation Commission has allocated a portion of the Conservation Fund for supporting land conservation projects and another portion for maintenance and stewardship of conservation areas. The Commission also funds an annual scholarship presented to a Newmarket High School graduating senior that wants to pursue a career in conservation or related field.

Contact Newmarket Conservation Commission

186 Main Street
Newmarket, New Hampshire  03857
Phone: (603) 659-8501


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Rockingham County, New Hampshire