Coös County

Camera Trappings in Coos County

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Granting Agency: NH State Conservation Committee

The Nature Conservancy, with funding assistance from the NH State Conservation Committee Mooseplate Grant, has completed a year-long camera trapping study in which nearly 3,000 individual animals were detected and cataloged by 25 motion-sensitive camera in wildlife movement areas along Route 3 in Coos County. The results will help select the best possible opportunities to protect the last remaining undeveloped road-front areas that wildlife rely upon to approach and cross roads, and to improve crossing hot-spots to minimize animal-vehicle collisions and enhance landscape connections benefiting both people and wildlife.





Preservation of the Chase Bog Wetland Complex, Dalton, NH

Granting Agency: NH State Conservation Committee

A grant was provided to the Town of Dalton Conservation Commission to help preserve the Chase Bog Wetland Complex. Funds were used for an inventory and environmental assessment and educational materials were developed and distributed to the public to promote support for the designation and protection of critical natural resource systems.

The Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, Whitefield/Jefferson, NH

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Granting Agency: NH DRED

Nestled beneath the mountains north of the Presidential Range, Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge has often been called one of the “crown jewels” of New Hampshire’s landscape. The ponds, wetlands, and forests of this refuge support a wide variety of significant ecological features.

The sweeping views from the wetlands and ponds are truly unique, and the hiking trails through lowland spruce-fir forest provide an easy way to experience this characteristic natural community of New Hampshire’s North Country in person.

Funding from the Conservation and Heritage License Plate made an interpretive trail guide for Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge possible.

Click Here for the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge brochure.


John Wingate Weeks Historic Site’s Mt. Prospect Estate, Lancaster, NH

Moose Plate fees are paying for the exterior restoration of the main house at the John Wingate Weeks Historic Site’s Mt. Prospect estate. The estate was built at the direction of John Wingate Weeks, leading conservationist, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, and Secretary of War under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. The 420-acre property was given to the state of New Hampshire in 1941 by John Weeks’ children, Katherine Weeks Davidge and Sinclair Weeks.

Set at the very top of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the house and grounds provide a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley.

The Bureau of Historic Sites, Div. of Parks and Recreation, DRED, manages the site and is responsible for the restoration project.

Renovation of the 1918 Gorham Town Hall Balcony, Gorham, NH

Granting Agency: NH Dept. of Cultural Resources

In 2010 the Gorham Town Hall received a $17,000 grant for balcony renovation with the goal of improving accessibility. The renovation incorporated the historically correct wood paneling which matched the wainscoting through out the theater’s first floor lobby. With the reconstruction of the balcony rail and rebuilding of the balcony treads and risers the balcony is now legally usable.

This was one piece of a much larger project — the renovation of the 1918 Gorham Town Hall. The hall was placed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places on January 25, 2005. President Warren G. Harding spoke from the second floor balcony in 1919.

Upon the completion of the entire project, the 223-seat Community Theater will continue to be the stage for the high school drama club and be the only complete theater in Coos County which is handicapped accessible.

The Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility contributed labor to this project.