Moose Mountains Regional Greenways Conservation Action Plan

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Current Use Taxation and Its Role in New Hampshire Land Conservation

CURRENT USE TAXATION STILL PRESERVING OPEN SPACE?

In 1968, our New Hampshire population was growing, our mostly rural state was giving way to poorly planned subdivisions and strip malls; land values were rising has never before, and increasing property taxes were forcing landowners to sell their lands. Our traditional industries of agriculture and forestry were threatened. A new public policy was sought to preserve our rural character in the face of these pressures. Read More

New Hampshire’s Trees

New Hampshire has a proud heritage in its magnificent “King Pine” trees. Hundreds of years old and awesome in their grandeur and girth, loggers usually leave them alone because they have too many limbs – too many knots – to make prime, continuous board feet. These giants of the forest serve as the parents of future generations of pine which is New Hampshire’s most valuable timber crop. Read More

What is “Rural Character?”

What is rural character? Is it living among woods, rivers, fields, animals and sky? Is it walking down a quiet road embraced by trees and stonewalls? Is it the ability to hunt or fish or snowmobile or hike or cross-country ski in your town? Is it doing business in a quaint, charming structure in a comfortable, walk-able place? Read More

Open Space Is Good Business

At a recent gathering in a MMRG member town, a resident was heard asking, “When are we gong to bring more business into town so we can get more taxes to cover escalating school costs?” This question reveals a misconception that many of us hold about municipal finances, taxes and development. The truth is that towns with more open space on average have lower taxes. Read More