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Conservation Commission
New London, New Hampshire 03257

Easements

   Conservation Easement Overview

Conservation easements serve many purposes and are sold or donated by landowners to meet many objectives.  Some of the major landowner objectives include:

  • Preservation of natural resource values for future generations;
  • Protection and/or improvement of water quality;
  • Protection and/or improvement of wildlife habitat;.
  • Protection and maintenance of scenic vistas;
  • Protection of sustainable land uses such as agriculture or forestry;
  • Protection of designated public uses, or;
  • Achieving certain estate planning and/or tax objectives.

  Benefits and Contacts

Conservation easements typically restrict subdivision and other types of real estate development.  Easements do not make the land public land and may or may not confer public access rights.  The value of an easement is the appraised difference in market value of the land with and without development restrictions reflected in the easement.  This conservation easement is donated, sold, or partially donated to an easement holder such as a Town or Land Trust.  The land continues to be owned by the landowner, the landowner is likely to enjoy some tax benefits, and the easement holder assumes responsibilities associated with monitoring the terms of the conservation easement.  Additional information about the possibility and benefits of conservation easements may be obtained by contacting any member of the Conservation Commission or by exploring the links to the right.

  Easement Monitoring

An easement holder is responsible for monitoring that the terms of a conservation easement are being met.  This is accomplished by periodic monitoring and the completion of a report describing the monitoring activity and any violations noted and intended corrective action.  In most situations, there is a primary easement holder and a backup.  Monitoring may be performed by both.  The Conservation Commission routinely monitors many of the easement parcels in New London.

  Conservation Land Map

#
Easement Identifier
Public Access
Protects
Date Recorded
1
Clough - Berger #1, LCIP 120-01
Forestland
12/9/1991
2
Clough # 2, LCIP 120-03
None
Agriculture
3/24/1989
3
Clough #3
Great Brook
3/24/1989
4
C.O.R.E. #4
Forestland
2/26/1993
5
Fenwood #5
None
Cricenti Bog
4/19/1995
6
Kidder-Cleveland #6, LCIP 120-02
Wetland
12/9/1991
7
Knights Hill Nature Park #7
Open land
12/5/2001
8
Pelfor #8
None
Wetland
4/3/1995
9
Pelfor #9
Lyon Brook
4/3/1995
10
Trussell Ridge #10
Lyon Brook
7/24/1992
11
Evergreen Point #11
None
Shorefront
3/28/2006
12
Cordingley Preserve #12
Forestland
11/14/2007

Match numbers listed above to locations on map below.

Conservation Land Map

Map of New London from the NH Conservation Land Viewer (6/18/11), see GRANIT.
Note that many of the conservation easements shown in blue on this map do not provide for public access.

conservation easement boundary

Typical Conservation Easement Boundary Marker

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