Conservation Commission

The Easton Conservation Commission meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 5:30 P.M. at the Easton Town Hall, 1060 Easton Valley Road, Easton, NH.

Our Mission
 

The Town of Easton Conservation Commission was established for the proper utilization and protection of the natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources of the town of Easton, New Hampshire.

The commission’s role, as directed by NH RSA CHAPTER 36-A: CONSERVATION COMMISSIONS is to:

  • Conduct studies into the community’s land and water areas
  • Seek to coordinate the activity of unofficial committees or projects organized for similar purposes
  • Keep an index of all open space and natural, aesthetic, or ecological areas (including all marshlands, swamps, and other wetlands)
  • Keep accurate records of meetings and actions

As authorized by NH RSA CHAPTER 36-A: CONSERVATION COMMISSIONS the commission may also:

  • Recommend programs for the protection, development, or better utilization of all areas in Easton’s Conservation Index
  • Receive and manage gifts of money and property, both real and personal, in the name of Easton, New Hampshire (subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen)
  • Advertise, prepare, print, and distribute books, maps, charts, plans, and pamphlets to inform the community of its work

Commission Members
 
Linda Hansen, Term Expiration 3/31/2025
 
Inga Johnson, Term Expiration 3/31/2023
 
Andrew Schatz, Term Expiration 3/31/2024
 
Avid Kamgar, Term Expiration 3/31/2025
 
Michael Kenney, Term Expiration 3/31/2025
 
Charles Pates, Term Expiration 3/31/2025
 
Kerri Williamson, Term Expiration 3/31/2025

MINUTES

Minutes January 4, 2023

Minutes December. 2022

Minutes of November 2, 2022

Minutes of October 5, 2022 

Minutes of Sept 8, 2022 

Minutes of July 6, 2022

Minutes-May 4th 2022

 

Historical Informational Documents

document.png WMNF, Town of Easton, and Northern Pass
document.png Northern Pass Addendum
document.png Ham-Branch River Nomination Application

Maps

document.png Conservation Lands Map
document.png Aquifer Map
document.png Waterbodies/Wetlands Map
document.png Ridgeline Map
document.png Steep Slope Map

Documents

document.png Conservation Commission Guidelines


Educational Handouts

document.pngThe American Chestnut – Castanea dentata

document.pngPrinceton Elm – Ulmus americana ‘Princeton’


Informative Website Links

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service – White Mountain National Forest

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service – White Mountain National Forest – SOPA (Schedule of Proposed Actions)

New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions (NHACC)

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Vermont/New Hampshire Chapter

Native Plant Trust formerly the New England Wild Flower Society

 

 

Landowner Conservation and Wetland Protection
Conservation Publications For Landowners
 

Organizations Supporting Landowner Conservation

WETLANDS IN EASTON

Wetlands are a valuable natural resource protected by the town of Easton and the State of New Hampshire, as well as the US Federal Government. In all wetlands jurisdictions,
the more restrictive regulations apply.

It is the responsibility of each Easton landowner to know that the permitted uses of
wetlands are limited and that no structures can be erected or constructed on wetlands.

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) – Wetlands Fact Sheets

Identifying Wetlands

The Grafton County Soil Survey and Easton Natural Resources Maps are available at
the Easton Town Hall for identifying the potential presence of wetlands. Wetlands/upland
boundaries can be delineated by a certified soils scientist.

RECOGNIZING WETLANDS – US Army Corps of Engineers Publication

Permitted Uses of Wetlands

Approved wetlands uses are listed in the Easton Zoning Ordinances, Section 604
WETLANDS CONSERVATION OVERLAY DISTRICT. For specific wetlands uses (i.e. driveways that cross wetlands), NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) permits, as well as zoning variances, are required.

Additional Wetlands Information and Permits

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Wetlands Bureau

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetlands Reserve Program


Cooley-Jericho Community Forest

October 2, 2019

The Cooley Jericho Hills dominate the western views as one travels along the Easton Valley (NH RT 116).

They are part of the Cooley-Jericho Community Forest, an 840 acre parcel of woodlands in Easton.

The CJCF was formed in a unique partnership between ACT (Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust), Easton and the adjacent towns of Sugar Hill, Landaff and Franconia.  Although the land is solely in Easton, all the communities came together to raise funds to protect this land.  It is truly a community resource.

ACT works with the towns and its advisors to promote multiple use management of the tract.  They include; recreation, education, forestry and wildlife.  Hiking and Mountain Bike Trails have been constructed in partnership with AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club), and volunteers.  The land is utilized as an outdoor classroom for area schools.  Currently, a partnership is being formed with the Backcountry ski association, to develop several glade skiing trails.  The tract is home to a wide variety of native wildlife; moose, deer, bear, grouse, turkey and coyote can all be found here.

The properties trails can be accessed from the Trumpet Round Road, off the Dyke road in Sugar Hill, the Merrill Mt. road in Landaff and from the Jericho Trail (WMNF) on NH 116 in Easton.  (Specific trail maps and directions can be found on the ACT website – Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (act-nh.org)


     Town of Easton 2019 Master Plan