Conservation Commission: Documents & Maps

Conservation Plan

The Conservation Plan for Mason is now completed, thanks to all who contributed their ideas.

The Plan’s Vision, Goals, and Recommendations, with Steps for Town Boards to Implement the Plan, are all set forth in only 7 pages! A review of Mason’s Natural Resources Inventory is included in the Appendices as background for the Conservation Plan.

Land Conservation in Mason: A Historical Perspective

The Mason Conservation Commission was started in 1968 by Cliff Hastings. Since then, the Town has conserved over 2,700 acres of land. Much of this land was acquired by donations from generous residents. To commemorate our 50th anniversary, we compiled a historical account of land conservation in Mason:

Botanical Report on the Mason Quarry Conservation Area

According to the report:

“In 2013, the New England Wild Flower Society conducted a botanical inventory of the Mason Quarry Conservation Area for the Town of Mason. The inventory covered the quarry parcel (E-26 and E-27), Downs Forest (E-36), Beck lot (E-38), Jefts lot (E-28), the Coyne Wildlife Sanctuary (E-22), plus two small triangular parcels East of the railroad tracks on Scripps Lane (Appendix A).

…This botanical report includes the results of the inventory, a discussion of the findings, visuals aides such as maps and photographs, and management recommendations for the Area.”

Click here (2.7MB) to download the botanical inventory report.

This project was made possible by a generous donation from Catherine Schwenk.

Botanical Study on Mason Brook Headwaters

In 2015, the New England Wild Flower Society conducted a botanical inventory of the Mason Brook Headwaters for the Town of Mason. The inventory covers Nose Meadow where Mason Brook begins, as well as parcel E-7 upstream, and 139 acres of conservation land downstream given to the town by Bronson Potter.

This botanical report includes the results of the inventory, a discussion of the findings, visuals aides such as maps and photographs, and management recommendations for the Area.

Click here (3.7MB) to download the botanical inventory report.

This project was made possible by a generous donation from Catherine Schwenk.

Natural Resources Inventory

Documents:

Maps:

Maps are formatted for printing at 30 by 36 inches. You can print them at smaller sizes, but the smaller the size, the less detail you’ll be able to see.

Additional Resources

Mason RR Trail Trestle Restoration Project at Jackson Road

  • 2013_RR_Trestle_Final_Report (.PDF 964 KB) Final report on the Mason RR Trail Jackson Road Trestle repair project, July 2013. The Commission was awarded a NH RTP grant which covered most of the cost.
  • 2013_BlackBrook_Knotweed_Control_Report (.PDF 480 KB) Report about Knotweed control work along the Mason RR Trail, July 2013. This work counted as part of the grant matching for the above trestle repair grant.

Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline

Conservation Commission position statement
Minutes of pipeline special meeting 11/24/2014
Slides from Selectmen’s meeting on 1/6/2015