Open Space Committee
Pelham, New Hampshire

 

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Regional Environmental Planning Process (REPP)

(Excerpts from 1998 report to DES by Nashua Regional Planning Commission)

 

Pelham Corridor Delineation

 

"Pelham has expressed an interest in maintaining open space and rural character by adopting a network of greenway corridors. The corridors that are proposed include and provide links to important ecological features. The process has been consistent with regional goals supporting multi-town preservation strategies.

 

Corridor I is an area identified in northern Pelham as a local wildlife corridor will connect to approximately 1,000 acres of land in Windham currently proposed for conservation. The area of Windham referred to as the Southwest Lands is approximately 1,000 acres containing fields and wetlands and is prime habitat for deer and moose. The corridor envisioned would be a north/south greenway running through Pelham from the Massachusetts state line to the Windham line, just east of Simpson Mill Road. This area encompasses significant pieces of agriculture, including several hundred acres at the northern end used for growing vegetables and for open fields. The north/south corridor would provide for wildlife movement through Windham to Little Island Pond and the Town Forest in Pelham via a tree farm on the Girl Scout Land.

 

Corridor II , located in the vicinity of Dunlop Pond, will offer protection for the Dunlop Conservation Land, and secures open space in a rapidly developing part of town.

 

Corridor III, contains the Gumpus Pond area near the Hudson town line. Formation of the corridor will improve protection for Musquash Conservation Land in Hudson, and will connect with a 416.5 acre conservation area therein.  The majority of the Musquash Brook Watershed is located in Hudson, with the remainder in Pelham. This watershed remains in a near natural condition and has not been impaired by development. The watershed provides a significant natural resource of open space and diverse wildlife habitat. Both communities have identified this watershed as a high priority resource. The portion of this area falling in Pelham is within the corridors identified as priority greenspace and are active agricultural operations. This regional resource is a priority because of its current, nearly undisturbed state. Musquash Brook and Second Brook flow directly into the Merrimack River unimpeded by significant manmade structures and relatively free of accelerated flows caused by large areas of impervious surfaces such as parking lots or roofs.

 

Corridor IV, has been drawn to conserve properties around Harris Pond. Commission members are working with developers to link a patchwork of town owned land that will complement the planning corridor."

 

Andrew Singlelakis, Director, NRPC indicates that the state would regard land in regionally significant areas more likely candidates for funding.

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