The Town of Tamworth owns several properties that were donated to Town for conservation purposes.  The Conservation Commission stewards these lands and maintains trails on some of them. 

The Conservation Commission also works with landowners who want to conserve their land, as long the property meets the Commission's priorities: 1) protecting the shores of ponds and streams, 2) conserving agricultural land and/or 2) enhancing connectivity for wildlife between the Sandwich Range & the Ossipee Mountains. 

Much of this work is in cooperation with other organizations, including...
Chocorua Lake Conservancy
The Society for Protection of NH Forests
Lakes Region Conservation Trust
Green Mountain Conservation Group

What is Conservation Land?

As the name implies, conservation land is land that is intended to be kept in a natural or near-natural state. Development of the property is either entirely prohibited or restricted to improvements necessary for certain allowed activities. These activities are most commonly agriculture, forestry and recreation. A property can become conservation land by either of two methods:

Fee-simple ownership. These properties are owned outright by either land trust organizations or government agencies whose missions include the protection of natural resources. For example, the US Forest Service, NH Fish and Game, NH Division of Forests and Lands, and NH Division of Parks and Recreation all own property in Tamworth that is considered to be conservation land. Private land trusts that own land in Tamworth include the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Lakes Region Conservation Trust and Chocorua Lake Conservancy, among others.

Conservation Easement. In order to grasp what a conservation easement is, it helps to understand that land ownership consists as a bundle of separate rights. For example, a landowner could sell the mineral rights to a petroleum company while still keeping the property to use as a residence or business. Likewise, the landowner could grant a right-of-way across the property for use as a road or utility line. In a conservation easement, the landowner is relinquishing certain rights of development and granting them to a land trust. In return, the land trust agrees to not exercise the rights and to monitor and defend the property against anyone who would assume to exercise the relinquished rights. This is a legally binding contract and extends to perpetuity.

For more information on conservation easements, visit these pages:
Land Trust Alliance
The Nature Conservancy

Conservation Land in Tamworth

These three pages outline how the Conservation Commission is involved in land conservation:

The Legacy: early land protection efforts
Local Support: land conservation in town planning
Where We Are Now: results of past efforts and where we are headed.

Easement monitoring is a critical responsibility of the Conservation Commission.

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