Conservation Commission

MEMBERS OF THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Walter Durack,Chairperson (term expires 2018)
Harold Lamos  (term expires 2020), and Liaison to Board of Selectmen
Amanda Loud, Secretary (term expires 2019)
[Open Position]
[Open Position]

MEETINGS and CONTACT

The Ashland Conservation Commission meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month (subject to change) at 6:30 pm at the Ashland Town Hall. The minutes of the meetings are posted below.

The Conservation Commission welcomes comments and questions. Email us at conservation@ashland.nh.gov.

INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT

Non-native invasive plants such as Japanese Knotweed (also known as “bamboo”) and Oriental Bittersweet are not only a problem for homeowners and the community, but also for the environment. They grow in less than optimal conditions crowding out native plants, obscuring road sightlines, twining around utility poles and may even cause structural damage to homes and outbuildings. The timeline for best management is in late May or early June before the plant’s flowering time and again in the Fall to remove any of the new Summer growth.

Please click the links provided to help identify these plants, methods to manage and control their growth and important tips of proper disposal of the removed plants. Please contact the Conservation Commission with any questions or concerns.

Japanese Knotweed, Herbaceous Weed Control (Natural Resources Conservation Service)

Japanese Knotweed Fact Sheet (NH Department of Agriculture)

Methods for Disposing Non-Native Invasive Plants (UNH Cooperative Extension)

NH Guide to Upland Invasive Species (NH Department of Agriculture)

Invasive Plants (UNH Cooperative Extension) — includes identification, reporting and disposal of invasives.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITS

Are you planning a construction project as a homeowner or a contractor? If so, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) may require you to file permit(s) for the work. To help you determine what permits are required, please see their “Got Permits?” chart:

http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/lrm/documents/got-permits.pdf

Please note, even if your project does not require a permit, there may be DES guidelines you must follow during construction. It is your responsibility to understand these requirements. Contact DES with specific questions.

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DOCUMENTS

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MAPS

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USEFUL SITES

Grafton County Conservation District   www.graftonccd.org
Lakes Region Planning Commission   www.lakesrpc.org
NH Association of Conservation Commissions   www.nhacc.org
NH Audubon   www.nhaudubon.org
NH Department of Environmental Services   www.des.nh.gov
NH Division of Forests and Lands   www.nhdfl.org
NH Fish and Game   www.wildlife.state.nh.us
Pemigewasset River Local Advisory Committee   www.lakesrpc.org/prlac/prlacindex.asp
Plymouth State University Center for the Environment   www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/
Society for the Protection of NH Forests   www.forestsociety.org
Squam Lakes Association   www.squamlakes.org
Squam Lakes Conservation Society   www.squamlakes.com
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center   www.nhnature.org
UNH Cooperative Extension — Grafton County   http://extension.unh.edu/Counties/Grafton/Grafton.htm

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MINUTES of the Conservation Commission

2017 Minutes

June 28, 2017
May 24, 2017
April 26, 2017
March 22, 2017
February 22, 2017
January 25, 2017

2016 Minutes

December 28, 2016
November 30, 2016
October 26, 2016
September 28, 2016 August 24, 2016
July 27, 2016
June 22, 2016
May 25, 2016
April 9, 2016
March 17, 2016
February 17, 2016
January 20, 2016

2013-2015 Minutes

December 16, 2015
November 11, 2015
June 10, 2015
May 13, 2015
April 8, 2015
March 19, 2015
February 11, 2015
January 14, 2015
December 10, 2014
August 20, 2014
May 21, 2014
April 9, 2014
February 12, 2014
January 8, 2014
February 13, 2013
January 9, 2013