Good News for the Isinglass and Salmon Falls Rivers
The NH Department of Environmental Services Aquatic Resource Mitigation Program recently awarded funding to nine projects across the state. Two of these projects are located within the Strafford Region. The funding, awarded from the Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund, provides funding for chosen projects impacting wetlands for mitigation purposes.
The two projects receiving funding in the Strafford Region focus on the Salmon Falls to the Piscataqua River Service Area, and the Isinglass River.
Funding provided for this project will aid in the protection of the Huppe property in Farmington. The $75,000 award will allow this piece of property to become conservation land. The Strafford River Conservancywill use these funds to protect 96 acres of land, as well as establish a 200 ft. no-cut buffer around the wetland, and portions of Berry Brook. Strafford River Conservancy hopes to attain a conservation easement, andplans also include protection of the City of Rochester Water Supply Protection Area.
Funds totaling $100,000 were awarded to the Town of Barrington and their partners Trust for Public Land and Natural Resources Conservation Services. These funds will be used to acquire a 270+/- acre property that is currently owned by the A. Harlan Calef Revocable Trust. The conservation of the forested wetlands, vernal pools, riparian habitat and forested uplands are key to the project. Funding was also awarded from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program in the sum of $200,000 for the same project.
This blog was written using the following article: http://des.nh.gov/media/pr/2014/20140219-awards-wetlands.htm
The images are credited as follows:
Map- Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative Action Plan, 2011
Photo- NH DES Environmental Fact Sheet, The Isinglass River, 2003