Strafford Regional Planning Commission supports efforts to conserve the natural resource values of our coastal watershed lands. To ensure a healthy environment into the future, it is essential that communities identify, retain, and protect the remaining undeveloped lands and waters. These are lands and waters that support the most important of the natural resource values and functions, as established by private individuals, municipalities, and local, regional and national land trusts.
Strafford Regional Planning Commissions works with communities and nonprofits to identify lands and waters, and to develop and implement voluntary and regulatory land conservation strategies. Our priorities are to assist with the protection of land through acquisition and to assist with the regulation of the location, density and design of development in the area.
Between Dec. 2016 and Oct. 2016, SRPC staffers partnered with the Somersworth Conservation Commission to prepare a GIS-based Natural Resources Assessment for the city. The assessment included a map set and report describing the city’s natural resources. The map set included seven thematic maps that displayed information about water resources, wildlife, unfragmented lands, agricultural resources, and other natural resources. It also identified potential areas of conservation interest based on the co-occurrence of two or more key natural resources, as well as existing conservation lands and City-owned lands.
During the process of preparing the inventory, SRPC worked with City staff and the Conservation Commission to identify project objectives and a comprehensive set of recommendations. A final component of the project was a guided, educational trail walk at Mast Point Dam Park in September. The walk was hosted by SRPC and led by UNH Professor, Tom Lee and local historian, Eric Mommsen. Over twenty people attended the trail walk to learn about the NRI and the park’s natural resources. The project was funded by the Piscataqua Regional Estuaries Partnership (PREP) and the City of Somersworth.
View the 2016 Somersworth Natural Resources Assessment here.
Download:2016 Somersworth Natural Resource Assessment [PDF; 12. 3 MB 08/23/2018]
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
150 Wakefield Street, Suite 12
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
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