Fall in New England brings some of the best weather for enjoying the outdoors!
I hope this Winnipesaukee Adventure Video motivates you to enjoy whatever fabulous New Hampshire outdoor activities you like best!
Seize the day!
Tim Bergquist, an ISA Master Arborist and an ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist is a guest blogger and local expert. His expertise with the Shoreland Protection Act is applied in his business practice. In the below paragraphs, Berquist gives a basic outline of the New Hampshire Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Shoreland Protection Act.
Berquist has a bachelors in environmental forest biology and over 28 years of experience in all aspects of arboriculture. He enjoys helping to educate those interested in regulations that protect our state's shorelands, one our most fragile and beautiful natural resources.
There were many changes applied over the following 20 years with the most recent changes occurring in 2011.
· Minimizing erosion
· Preventing siltation and turbidity
· Stabilizing soils
· Preventing excess nutrients and chemical pollution
· Maintaining natural water temperatures and a healthy tree canopy and understory
· Preserving fish and wildlife habitat and the overall natural condition of the protected shoreland
It requires that on a given lot that 25% of the area from 50 feet to 150 feet shall be maintained as a natural woodland.
The waterfront buffer is highly restricted; it was put in place to protect the quality of public waters. It does, however, still allow homeowner discretion with regard to the following:
This discretion comes with prohibitions and limitations including:
As measured along the shoreline, the segments are 25’ wide parcels that extend inland to the 50’ setback. They begin at the northerly or easterly boundary.
Each segment requires 25 points of vegetation, this vegetation can consist of tree, sapling, shrub and ground cover, but does not include a mowed lawn.
The points are determined by the diameter of the tree at 4.5 feet or the caliper of a tree measured at the height on nursery standards. A one inch diameter minimum is set for trees, ground cover and shrubs are measured by square feet.
Vegetation shall not be removed from any segment which fails to meet the minimum scoring but owners are encouraged to plant non-invasive vegetation to increase point scores.
This can aid in allowing future removal of vegetation as may become necessary while still meeting the point requirements.
Dead, diseased or unsafe trees or saplings shall not be included in scoring.
They can be removed even if the points fall below the minimum quantity if they pose a hazard to structures or have the potential to cause personal injury. I recommend consulting with a qualified arborist if you have a concern but are unsure how to proceed.
Normal trimming, pruning and thinning of branches necessary to maintain the health of the planted areas as well as to protect structures, maintain clearances and provide views is permitted as long as it does not endanger the health of the plant.
I recommend you include qualified professionals, contractors and consultants in any plan designs that you would like to implement within your shoreland property.
There are many limitations put in place by the shoreland protection act, all of which were put in place to preserve our beautiful shoreland and watershed.
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An inviting neighborhood for wildlife and a protected bay with long views are some of the features home owners in the Windermere Association enjoy. The Bald Eagle pictured here prefers the quiet and wooded areas around the Windermere Association.
While Eagles and Loons provide some of the most beautiful sites and sounds on Lake Winnipesaukee, the Loon Preservation Committee needs support to help keep Lake Winnipesaukee a home for these rare birds.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Fact Sheets have information on how to help keep Winnipesaukee clean.
If boating regulations, including speed limits are followed, this will go a long way to help keep wildlife safe on Winnipesaukee.
Common courtesy for other boaters and and respect for the lake is critical in the long term survival of the lake. With extraordinary warm weather and low gas prices the lake has been more inviting to boaters this summer. By educating ourselves on practices to keep the lake clean, we can keep the lake beautiful for future generations.
In an election year, why not ask your candidates what they intend to do to help keep NH's lakes clean?
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the New Hampshire Lakes Management and Protection Program need very strong support from the legislature to do their job well and to keep our New Hampshire lakes and ponds healthy.
Water conservation is a related issue that is especially important in drought years, such as 2016. Water Conservation Practice Fact Sheets can be found on the NH DES website regarding water conservation. The Fact Sheets WD-DWGB-26-18 - WD-DWGB-26-23 are especially helpful for homeowners. Arsenic and bacteria levels can change in years that parts of drinking wells that are usually submerged become dry. Ask your water or well company for information on water testing.