posted on: 3/1/2018

One of the most important responsibilities of the Dover Open Lands Committee is monitoring properties on which the City holds conservation easements. The purpose of the monitoring is to confirm conservation easement provisions are upheld and the land maintains the conservation values that made it worthy of protection.

Volunteers from the Open Lands Committee, in conjunction with City staff, conduct the monitoring. Sometimes members of the Conservation Commission also assist. Monitoring activities include reviewing the easement deeds and maps before the visit, walking the property (sometimes with the landowner if available), taking photographs of the conditions and then preparing a written report to document the visit.

In 2017, the Open Lands Committee monitored and completed reports for 17 out of 45 total properties. The City provides the monitoring report to the landowner and any public agency with a role in protecting the property.  

Open Lands Committee conducts easement monitoring

posted on: 3/1/2018

One of the most important responsibilities of the Dover Open Lands Committee is monitoring properties on which the City holds conservation easements. The purpose of the monitoring is to confirm conservation easement provisions are upheld and the land maintains the conservation values that made it worthy of protection.

Volunteers from the Open Lands Committee, in conjunction with City staff, conduct the monitoring. Sometimes members of the Conservation Commission also assist. Monitoring activities include reviewing the easement deeds and maps before the visit, walking the property (sometimes with the landowner if available), taking photographs of the conditions and then preparing a written report to document the visit.

In 2017, the Open Lands Committee monitored and completed reports for 17 out of 45 total properties. The City provides the monitoring report to the landowner and any public agency with a role in protecting the property.

Since its inception in 2000, the Open Lands Committee has worked with the Conservation Commission to help conserve more than 830 acres of conservation land in Dover, leveraging over $5.8 million in state and federal grant funding. In addition, the OLC holds workshops and tours of conservation lands that are open to the public. To receive updates about upcoming events, follow the Open Lands Committee on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DoverOpenLandsCommittee/.

If interested in becoming a member or for more information about the Open Lands Committee, call the Planning Department at 603-516-6008 or e-mail Steve Bird at s.bird@dover.nh.gov.