A Northeast Region Program
Land Conservation is Top Priority
it flows through coastal New Hampshire towns that have experienced
tremendous development over the past five years, the Lamprey River
remains a surprisingly scenic river where evidence of 20th century
life is the exception. To maintain the river's natural character,
the citizen's group responsible for implementing its Lamprey River
Management Plan has made permanent land conservation its top priority.
with local communities, land trusts, and state agencies, the Lamprey
River Advisory Committee has worked with nine landowners to protect
755 acres and more than five miles of frontage on the Lamprey since
1999. Federal funds designated for wetlands protection, the national
estuaries research reserve, and Lamprey River protection have leveraged
more the $500,000 in municipal and private dollars.
Council Created a Landowner Assistance Fund
To stretch funding and encourage
gifts of land and sales at less than fair market value, the Lamprey
Committee created a Landowner Assistance Fund. The Fund covers a
landowner's out-of-pocket costs for surveys, appraisals, and other
land transaction requirements when the landowner is interested in
donating all or some of the land's value. The National Fish &
Wildlife Foundation provided start-up funding for this program.
To date, Lamprey River landowners have donated $523,000 of property
value through bargain sales.
knew soon after moving here in 1968 that we wanted to keep the
property in its natural state, if at all possible, and to allow
others to enjoy it as well. Our motivation certainly was not to
thwart growth but to preserve a variety of habitats as well as
extensive frontage on the river in the hope of providing an informal
recreational and learning environment- unspoiled and in perpetuity.
Paul and Fran Verrette-Landowners
Lamprey Committee and Town of Lee were able to help the Verrettes
realize their long-standing dream. By purchasing conservation easements,
accepting donations, and purchasing land outright, the Lamprey conservation
efforts have protected farmland, wetland, and river habitats for
the largest populations of regionally rare Blandings and Wood turtles
know to be on the river, and forested riparian and upland habitats.
River Management Plan for the Towns of Durham, Epping, Lee, and