Conservation Commission

 

MILTON'S FIRST TOWN FOREST




The Conservation Commission’s goal is to fulfill the mandates of RSA 36-A, and the conservation planning goals in the Milton Master Plan. Notable activity in 2010 was:

Passage of Shoreland Overlay Protection District ordinance: In 2008, Milton received an $8500 Community Technical Assistance grant to improve water quality. Jack Mettee, a planning consultant, was hired in fall 2008. Throughout 2009, he and the CC worked to consolidate and streamline the existing water protection ordinances, and to ensure consistency between Milton’s ordinances and the new State Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act. Public forums featured local water resource professionals who addressed the importance of natural buffers along streams, rivers and ponds. UNH freshwater biologist Dr. Jim Haney discussed the continuing decline of water quality in the Milton 3 Ponds. Input from the Planning Board was incorporated into the ordinance, and the Planning Board voted to include and support the proposed overlay district on the 2010 town warrant. The ordinance was passed by town vote.

Natural Resource Planning Maps completed. Two new maps are now available in the land use planning room at the Emma Ramsey Center showing: 1) comprehensive water resources, and 2) multiple conservation features including prime farmland soils, NHFG Wildlife Action Plan data, NH Coastal Plan Core Focus Areas, snowmobile trails, conservation lands, and tax parcels. These maps were donated by Moose Mountains Regional Greenways.

Monitoring town held conservation easements. The town is required to annually monitor Milton conservation lands and the conservation easements it holds. The Milton Conservation Commission contracted UNH graduate forestry students to produce baseline monitoring documentation and to mark the boundaries of all conservation properties. The town owned Ball property and the Frizzell conservation easement baselines and boundary markings are complete. Additionally:

• Erin Quigley completed the baseline and boundary markings for map 14, lot 2 consisting of 20.42 town owned acres known as the Jones Brook Park. The town voted in 2002 to place the Jones Brook Park under conservation easement as per Warrant Article 16.
• Ms. Quigley also completed the baseline documentation and boundary marking of the town owned 4.2 acre Payne property, which is contiguous with the Jones Brook property. This property is referenced as map 14, lot 6. This property was voted to be placed under conservation easement as per Article 23 of 2003 Milton Town Warrant.
• Ms. Quigley completed the baseline documentation and boundary marking of town owned 24.8 acre land locked property within the wellhead protective radius of Milton’s public drinking water supply. This property is referenced as Map 37 lot 110, and is known historically as the Old Ski Area.
• Ms. Quigley completed the baseline documentation of the Milton conservation easement properties known as Wallace Way consisting of 5 acres and Dames Brook consisting of 10.5 acres.
• Milton properties that are in the process of baseline documentation are map 27, lot 1, 92 landlocked acres with high conservation value, and Lyman Brook conservation easement consisting of 19.5 acres.

Land Protection Projects:

The Milton Conservation Commission was instrumental in assisting Philip and Sylvia Thayer Zaeder with their donation of a 37 acre conservation easement on their historic homestead on Hare Rd. The Zaeders paid most of the costs, while the town paid for the required survey from the Conservation Fund. Strafford Rivers Conservancy is the primary easement holder, the town hold the executor interest. These actions were supported by the Selectmen.

Milton’s Conservation Fund: This fund receives 50% of the land use change tax, and is primarily used to assist landowners defray the cost of conservation easements. These conservation projects fulfill the conservation objectives of the Master Plan by protecting Milton’s water resources, forestlands, wildlife habitat, and farmland. Side benefits are the preservation of Milton’s scenic beauty and rural character.

Additional Links:

Strafford Regional Planning Commission



Conservation Committee Members:

Chairman Cynthia Wyatt 2017
Vice Chairman Charlie Karcher 2016
Commissioner Barbara Berry 2017
Commissioner Steve Panish 2015
Commissioner David Levin 2016
Ex Officio Tom Gray 2015

Conservation Commission Secretary: Kimberly Ladisheff-603-652-4501 ext 5


Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Date    
11 August 2014 Agenda  
28 July 2014 Agenda Minutes
14 July 2014 Agenda Minutes
19 June 2014 Agenda Minutes
12 May 2014 Agenda Minutes
14 April 2014 Agenda Minutes
10 March 2014 Agenda Minutes
27 February 2014 Agenda Minutes
10 February 2014 Agenda Minutes
13 January 2014 Agenda Minutes
9 December 2013 Agenda Minutes
12 November 2013 Agenda Minutes
15 October 2013 Agenda Minutes
30 September 2013 Public Hearing Agenda Minutes
18 September 2013 Special Meeting Minutes
9 September 2013 Agenda Minutes
22 August 2013 Special Meeting Minutes
12August 2013 Agenda Minutes
8 July 2013 Notice Minutes
10 June 2013 Notice Minutes
2 May 2013 Notice Minutes
08 April 2013 Notice  
     
January 23, 2013 Notice Minutes
November 27, 2012 Notice Minutes
October 15, 2012 Notice Minutes
     
20 August 2012 Notice Minutes
16 July 2012 Notice Minutes
11 June 2012 Notice Minutes
14 May 2012 Notice Minutes
09 April 2012 Notice Minutes
12 March 2012 Notice Minutes
13 February 2012 Notice Minutes
09 January 2012 Agenda Minutes
12 December 2011 Agenda Minutes
14 November 2011 Agenda Minutes
03 October 2011 Agenda Minutes
12 September 2011 Agenda Minutes
8 August 2011 Agenda Minutes
11 July 2011 Agenda Minutes
13 June 2011 NOTICE Minutes
16 May 2011 Agenda Minutes
18 April 2011 Agenda Minutes
11 April 2011 Postponed until 4/18/11  
14 March 2011 Agenda Minutes
14 February 2011 Agenda Minutes
10 January 2011 Agenda Minutes
14 December 2010 Agenda Minutes
November 2010 No Mtg, No Mtg
04 October 2010 Agenda Minutes
13 Sept 2010 Agenda Minutes
09 Aug 2010 Agenda Minutes
12 July 2010 NO MTG NO MTG
15 June 2010 Agenda Minutes
10 May 2010 Agenda Minutes
21 April 2010 Agenda Minutes
08 March 2010 Agenda Minutes
03 February 2010 Agenda Minutes
11 January 2010 Agenda Minutes
14 December 2009 Agenda Minutes
9 November 2009 Agenda Minutes
19 October 2009 Agenda Minutes
14 September 2009 Agenda Minutes
10 August 2009 Agenda Minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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