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Engineering News in NH

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The project proposes to restore full fish passage to approximately four miles of upstream riverine habitat in the headwaters of the Oyster River and its tributary streams for the benefit of American Brook Lamprey (state endangered species), Eastern Brook Trout, American Eel, and other important aquatic species. The project includes the permanent protection, through a deed restriction, of approximately 12 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the Oyster River and the 1,528-acre Samuel A. Tamposi Water Supply Reserve land.

$38,240 for the permanent protection of 87 acres of land which are the headwaters for the Rollins Brook, a tributary to the North River, Lamprey River, and the Great Bay Estuary in Nottingham. This property includes a 13-acre beaver impoundment and 3 confirmed vernal pools. The project proposes to restore and enhance critical wildlife habitat, with a particular focus on the state endangered Blanding’s turtle, which is known to occupy this parcel. This property connects to more than 2,000 acres of protected lands east of Pawtuckaway State Park, including the soon-to-be-protected Harvey Forest at Kennard Hill, one of SELT’s “crown jewels” with more than 1,100 acres of open space.

UpperMerrimack River Service Area:

$100,000 for the Portsmouth Street Stream Restoration Project located in Concord. This project will restore Mill Brook and Merrimack River floodplain connectivity, and restore the stream channel so it is similar to natural conditions upstream. The project will replace an undersized culvert with a 16 x 3 foot three-sided culvert that will pass the 100-year storm. This increase in crossing size will restore Merrimack River floodwater access to approximately 4.7 acres of wetlands upstream of Portsmouth Street. The project also includes the $400,000 for the conservation of 1,870 +/- acres of land including Tower Hill Pond in Hooksett and Candia. The project will permanently conserve 45 separate wetlands encompassing 280-acres, over 2 miles of undeveloped shoreline of Tower Hill Pond, 6.3 miles of perennial streams, 1.6 miles of intermittent streams, 74 vernal pools and 1,590 acres of upland and lowland forest. The land contains a portion of the 8,000 acres owned and managed by Manchester Water Works that provides clean drinking water to the over 160,000 residents of the City of Manchester and surrounding towns.

$400,000 to permanently conserve two parcels of land totaling 149+/- acres adjacent to the Musquash Conservation Area in Londonderry. This project is a partnership between Southeast Land Trust which will hold the easement on the property and NHFG which will own the property. The property is located in a focus area identified for recovery of the New England cottontail (NEC), a state endangered species. Parcel #1 has the potential for the creation of high quality habitat for the species through manage ment in the upland forest present on the property. Nearly the entire property is identified as either Tier 1 or 2 in the WAP. Both parcels are located in an area of dense residential development and could easily be developed. Parcel #1 has over 500 feet of road frontage along the residential development to the south including direct access to Preserve Drive.

$150,000 to acquire a conservation easement on approximately 100 acres in Salem along the Hittytity Brook which abuts the 206-acre Salem Town Forest. Conserving this parcel will create a contiguous block of 345-acres of conservation land in Salem.

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