|Contact:||Karen Santoro, Land Use Technician|
|Address:||PO Box 310
143 Main Street
Belmont, NH 03220-0310
|Phone:||603-267-8300 x 125|
Remote access to Conservation Commission meetings provided via Zoom
Participate by computer over Zoom by going to:
Participate by phone by calling: 1-929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 817 9674 7113
|Pauline Tessier (2023)||Susan Irving (2025)||
Ruth Mooney Ex Officio (2022)
|Denise Naiva, Chair (2025)||Jane Jordan (2023)||Keith Bennett (2024)|
|Ed Stephenson, Vice Chair (2024)|
|Richard Moreau, Alternate (2023)||Deborah Woodcock, Alternate (2024)||
Georgina Lambert, Alternate (2025)
|Emilie DeFrancesco, Student||William Riley, Student|
The Commission consists of seven members and three alternates appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms. . The Commission encourages anyone interested in conservation to consider applying for vacancies on the board. Two student memberships (non-voting) are open to Belmont High School students with an interest in conservation A membership application is available. No prior experience is necessary.
|Meeting Schedule||Meeting Agendas||Meeting Minutes||Open/Conserved Lands|
A Community Service Award was presented to Ken Knowlton who served 17 years (15 years as Chairman) providing guidance and leadership to the Belmont Conservation Commission and the community in
While employed with the State, Ken elevated the junkyard inspection and certification program into an effective method of protecting the environment. Ken has supported town projects sensitive to the environment through his 18 years on the Budget Committee, 8 years on the Public Works Advisory Committee, as well as participating on the Master Plan, Capital Improvements Plan, and Town Hall Study committees. (Pictured· Ken Knowlton and Warren Hutchins, LRPC Executive Board Chair.) Planning Commission lauds locals Citizen 7/31/15
The Conservation Commission was established by the voters of the Town of Belmont on March 18, 1967, in accordance with the provisions of NH RSA Chapter 36-A for the proper utilization and protection of the natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources of the Town. Natural resources include the air, land, surface and ground waters, fish, wildlife, plants, wetlands, soils, minerals, and scenic quality. Rules of Administrative Procedure have been adopted to guide the Commission process.
At the recent deliberative session Conservation Commission Chairman presented Mr. Woody Fogg with tokens with the Town's appreciation for his outstanding work on the Village Rail Spur Trail Bridge. More...
Links and Bookmarks
|A Three Infrastructure Approach to Land Use Planning in NH||Logging BMPs||Natural Resource Inventory|
|NH Wildlife Action Plan and Mapping||Prime Wetlands Assessment||Stormwater Management - Why Should I Care?|
|Energy Conservation - Keeping Cool!||Japanese Knotweed||New Hampshire's Return on Investment in Land Conservation|
|Forest Products Road Manual||NH DES - Do You Need A Permit?||Have You Tested Your Drinking Water?|
|NH DES - Got Permits?||Shoreland Homeowners Guide to Stormwater Management||Stormwater Management for Homeowners|
|Understanding, Avoiding & Checking for Ticks!|
|Invasive Species||What's Happening Around NH - A Three Infrastructures Presentation||Waterfront Construction Activities|
|Audubon Society of NH||Belknap Range Conservation Coalition||Granite State Clean Cars
Clean Car Labeling Program for NH
|Natural Resource Conservation Service in NH||NH Department of Agriculture||NH Land & Community Heritage Commission (LCHIP)|
|NH Wildlife Federation||Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests||UNH Cooperative Extension Service|
|US EPA-Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds||NH Association of Conservation Commissions|
|Newsletter, Fall/Winter 2006||Newsletter, Summer 2007||2017 Annual Report|
New Hampshire’s climate has already changed and will continue to change over the next several decades. Communities in our state have experienced losses and damages from extreme weather events. Many communities have already begun to adapt to these changing climatic conditions and we all need to continue to do so to ensure that the current and future impacts of climate change do not significantly impact the health of our residents, the strength of our economy, and the character of our natural environment. Adaptation actions need to be evaluated and implemented as necessary. Remember that actions can be implemented in a phased approach; addressing the most vulnerable areas first and planning for future needs.
Bird Friendly Techniques
The State of New Hampshire's Birds
Important Forestland Birds
Courtesy Picture: Paul O’Connell and Lewis Loud pull the invasive Glossy Buckthorn
The Belmont Conservation Commission reminds owners of forest land that your timber is a valuable asset. Be wary of unsolicited offers to log your land or buy timber. Before you have your property logged, review these recommendations.
Be sure your logger will be using the Best Management Practices found in the handbook, Good Forestry in the Granite State by the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, Division of Forests and Lands and UNH Cooperative Extension.
Protect your land and maximize your harvest value.
|Best Management Practices for Erosion Control on Harvesting Operations in NH||New Hampshire Slash Law||Timber Trespass|
|Best Management Practices for Forestry: Protecting New Hampshire’s Water Quality||Guide to New Hampshire Timber Harvesting Laws|
NH DES Recommends Testing Private Water Wells
Have You Tested Your Drinking Water?
Hundreds of cases of cancer of the lung, bladder, or skin could be avoided in New Hampshire by convincing private well users to test and treat their water to remove naturally occurring arsenic, according to a report prepared by Dartmouth College for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NHDHHS). The study was conducted by a team of researchers from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, Geisel School of Medicine, and Superfund Research Program. Funding for the study came from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report is available online under "Hot Topics.” For more information about the study, please contact Paul Susca, NHDES at (603) 271-7061 or Mark Borsuk, Dartmouth at (603) 646-9944.
NHDES Commissioner Thomas Burack noted, "It has been clear for a number of years that drinking water from untested, untreated private wells is a significant public health issue in New Hampshire, where nearly half of the population uses private wells, and about one in five of those wells have unhealthy levels of arsenic. Radon is even more prevalent than arsenic, and there are other contaminants of concern as well. NHDES urges all private well users to have their water tested, consult water treatment professionals, and then install and operate appropriate treatment systems.” Read Suggested Water Quality Testing for Private Wells for more information on testing.