Conservation Almanac



New Hampshire

New Hampshire Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs

New Hampshire

Highlighted State Programs

New Hampshire

State Policy Framework

New Hampshire


To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

The local dollars and acres represented in the Conservation Almanac are those used to leverage funding from state sources such as LCHIP, and are only a small fraction of local conservation spending in New Hampshire. For a more complete illustration of local activity in New Hampshire please visit the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

2011 135.0 $412,250
2010 307.0 $640,742
2009 244.0 $2,705,062
2008 483.0 $3,849,345
2007 2,159.0 $2,700,560
2006 130.0 $1,264,534
2005 849.0 $3,589,500
2004 101.0 $625,500
2003 1,014.3 $4,082,009
2002 191.0 $2,695,000
2001 341.0 $4,875,000
Totals 5,954.3 $27,439,502

Highlighted State Programs

New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program

In September 2000, the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) was formed as the successor to Land Conservation Investment Program. LCHIP is an independent state authority that makes matching grants to New Hampshire communities and nonprofits to conserve the stateís most important natural, cultural, and historic resources.

Historically, LCHIP received an appropriation from the New Hampshire legislature for grant making. All appropriated funds went directly to projects, covering 20 percent of the project costs on average. In 2007, two amendments secured $12 million in funding for LCHIP for the 2008-2009 biennium. Funds in 2008 came from the general fund, while funds from 2009 were supported by a new $25 fee charged on documents recorded at county registries of deeds. In 2008, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee rescinded $3.5 million from LCHIP to address a growing general fund gap. The 2010-2011 Governorís budget proposal included a commitment of $12 million for the biennium ($6 million a year); however, during negotiations between the House and Senate, 50 percent of the 2011 funds were diverted. LCHIP did not receive revenue for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 because the funds were diverted to the stateís General Fund. For fiscal years 2014 and 2015, the state budget allocates the entire income from the Registry Fees to LCHIP, which is estimated to be $4.1 million in fiscal year 2014 and almost $4.3 million in fiscal year 2015.

LCHIP also receives about $6 from the sale of each conservation license plate (Moose Plate). Sixty percent of administrative costs are paid with license plate funds and the remaining 40 percent with interest earned from an associated trust fund. Finally, the dedicated LCHIP fund is set to sunset after 10 years, at which time the legislature would need to re-authorize the fund to extend it beyond the 10 year period for which it is created.

2011 1,315.0 $1,179,630
2010 1,174.0 $1,510,683
2009 3,301.5 $1,832,500
2008 236.0 $1,141,250
2007 0.0 $1,280,000
2006 1,145.0 $1,620,000
2005 0.0 $903,000
2004 1,475.5 $1,162,300
2003 1,064.0 $3,606,149
2002 964.0 $931,500
2001 150.0 $855,000
Total10,825.0 $16,022,012

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services - Water Supply Land Protection Grants Program

The Water Supply Land Protection Grant Program allows the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) to make matching grants to municipal water suppliers covering up to 25 percent of the cost of the purchase of land or conservation easements critical to their water quality. To qualify, the land must be within Source Water Protection Areas for an existing, proposed, or future water supply.

The state grants must be matched 75 percent from local sources. These match sources can include donated land or easements that are also within the source water protection area, public funds, transaction expenses, or private funds. Low interest loan funds available from DES may be used to finance the match.

2010 55.0 $18,667
2009 155.0 $527,540
2008 115.0 $1,412,556
2007 0.0 $325,000
2006 11.0 $751,051
2004 0.0 $319,375
2003 0.0 $2,013,907
2001 1,571.0 $1,353,125
Total1,907.0 $6,721,221

New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development

The Land Management Bureau in the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) is responsible for the acquisition of land for expansion of the state forest and state park system.

Presently there are no regularly appropriated state funds for DRED land acquisitions. Occasionally, the legislature will appropriate a specific amount for a specific project. Most rights in real estate acquired by the state are either gifted or purchased with federal dollars from programs like Forest Legacy and LWCF.

2010 99.5 $9,017
2009 100.0 $40,000
2005 143.0 $60,000
2003 0.0 $10,000,000
Total342.5 $10,109,017

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services - Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund

The Department of Environmental Services (DES) administers the Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund (ARM). This program was established in 2006 to provide a mitigation option for certain development projects that were not able to mitigate their wetland or surface water impacts on-site. These projects pay into the fund, which is used to support projects that compensate for the loss of aquatic resource functions and values. DES requires that projects mitigate these impacts by restoring a previously existing wetland, creating a new wetland, or preserving land to protect the values of adjacent wetlands or water resources. Projects are subject to approval by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the NH Wetlands Council.

2011 1,357.1 $606,290
2010 316.0 $587,867
2009 55.0 $248,000
Total1,728.1 $1,442,157

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.