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The Partnership uses a science-based approach to identify and conserve the most significant lands through the purchase or donation of land and conservation easements.

The Partnership has permanently protected 109 properties totaling 6,105 acres, protecting 24.5 miles of shoreline, 59.5 miles of stream frontage, and 1,897 acres of wetlands. Additionally, the Partnership supports the conservation work of Partner organizations. The steady progress of this collaborative effort has contributed to a total of over 73,000 acres of conservation land in the NH coastal watershed. Conserved properties have protected some of the largest unfragmented blocks of natural lands in the watershed that includes agricultural lands, extensive upland forests, grasslands, diverse freshwater and estuarine habitats, and early successional habitat critical to the viability of many wildlife species of concern.

Working collaboratively, the Partnership has been able to leverage funds for conservation projects. For example, land acquisition funds from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and North American Waterfowl Conservation Act grants have been leveraged with an additional $16.4 million in other funds from state, federal, municipal, non-profit and private sources, and landowner contributions. Conserved properties have protected some of the largest unfragmented blocks of natural lands in the watershed. Conserved lands include extensive upland forests, grasslands, and early successional shrubland habitat critical to the viability of many wildlife species of conservation concern. Embedded within the conserved lands are a mosaic of diverse freshwater and estuarine habitats including forested wetlands, beaver-managed stream systems, open marshes, floodplain forests, saltmarsh, intertidal rocky shoreline and mud flats. Partnership conserved lands have protected 24.5 miles of shoreline, 59.5 miles of stream frontage and 1,897 acres of wetlands.

Partnership Conservation Lands
1995 – 2016

Conservation Properties Acres Properties
Partnership Funded 6,105 109
Cooperative & Donation 425 12
Land Protection Transaction Grant 617 4
NAWCA Match 3,825 34
NAWCA Wetland Restoration 109 3

Partnership Funded: Properties conserved through Partnership acquisition, with the fee interest and/or conservation easement held by a Partner organization.   

Cooperative/Donation: Conserved properties that received technical assistance and/or project support. Conserved lands that received a grant from the Partnership for transaction costs.

Land Protection Transaction Grant: Conserved properties that received a grant for transaction costs.

NAWCA Match: Properties dedicated as match conserved lands in a Partnership North American Wetland Conservation Act Grant.

NAWCA Wetland Restoration: Wetland restoration on conserved properties, dedicated as match in a Partnership NAWCA grant.

 

Working collaboratively, the Partnership has been able to leverage transaction grant funds and land acquisition funds from a diversity of funders. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has supported the Land Protection Transaction Grant Program, leveraged additionally with PREP funds and project funds. Land acquisition funds from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and North American Waterfowl Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants have been leveraged with over $16.4 million in other funds from landowner contributions, nonprofit organizations, foundations, private funders, municipalities and state sources.

 

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