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Engineering News in NH

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UpperProjects receiving funds include:

UpperPemigewasset-Winnipesaukee River Service Area:

$107,500 to permanently protect approximately 206 acres of land on Meredith Neck with direct frontage on Page Pond. The Town of Meredith, acting through its Conservation Commission, will be the long-term landowner and land manager. The proposed acquisition includes areas of prime wetlands, 330 linear feet of Page Brook and 2,875 linear feet of an unnamed brook that flows directly into Lake Winnipesaukee. This project builds connectivity across Meredith Neck to create a large block of conserved land.

UpperSalmon Falls to Piscataqua River Service Area:

$40,000 to protect approximately 117 acres of land in Candia including 8 large vernal pools, nearly 900 feet of river/stream shoreline in the regionally significant Upper North Branch River Core Focus Area (as identified by the Land Conservation Plan for NH’s Coastal Watersheds). The property will be protected by an easement held by Southeast Land Trust and is within a Blanding’s turtle priority conservation area identified by NHFG known as the Bear Brook site. This site ranks second out of the top 10 focus areas in NH and connects the property’s habitat to an existing 388-acre block of conservation land.

$85,000 for the acquisition of approximately 343 acres in Fremont including 4,107 linear feet of Brown Brook which is a tributary to the Piscassic River. The property also includes several streams that flow into Brown Brook and 3,135 linear feet of an unnamed tributary to the Exeter River. The subject Property includes nearly 71.5-acres of high value wetlands, including portions of 5 Prime Wetlands, and 29 probable vernal pools. The Property is almost entirely ranked as “Highest Ranking Habitat in the State” in the WAP. In addition, the Property is within a “High Priority” site for Blanding’s turtles identified in the “Conservation Plan for Blanding’s Turtle and Associated Species of Conservation Need in the Northeastern United States”.

$61,545 for a conservation easement on 53 acres of land in Barrington located along the Isinglass River and which abuts approximately 327-acre of contiguous conservation land. The property includes nearly six-acres of important high value wetlands, one confirmed vernal pool and two probable vernal pools. Conserving this parcel will create a contiguous block of 380-acres of conservation land, all of which is located just down river from the 300-acre Calef Forest. In addition, the conservation easement will ensure that the approximately 3 mile long “Barrington Trail,” which extends along the property’s Isinglass River frontage, remains open to public access.

$149,805 for the Sawyer Mill Dam Removal Project located on the Bellamy River in Dover. The goals of the Sawyer Mill Dam Removal Project are to restore fish passage; improve fish and wildlife habitat; improve water quality; and reduce flood hazards. Removal of the two Sawyer Mill Dams will significantly improve access for American eels and restore passage for alewife, blueback herring and sea lamprey, which are identified as species of “special concern” and “species of greatest conservation need” by NHFG. The project will reconnect 11.2 miles of main-stem riverine habitat to Great Bay.

$50,000 for the Upper Oyster River Passage Project that will replace the highest priority road/stream crossing culvert in the Oyster River watershed to restore natural stream channel dynamics and function on an impacted reach of the Oyster River.

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