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Natural-Resource Protection

A senior staffer at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests will offer a presentation on protecting the natural resources of the Andover area at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12,  in Proctor Academy's Old Stone Chapel on Andover's Village Green. 

The presentation, co-sponsored by Proctor Academy and the Andover Conservation Commission as part of the commission's "Taking Action for Wildlife" initiative, is open to the public at no charge.

The presenter will be Chris Wells, the Forest Society's senior director for strategic projects and policy. Wells is a resident of Wilmot and a former member of that town's conservation commission.

As Wells explains, Andover falls within two local geographic areas: the Lakes Region, which draws a large recreational and tourist population owing to its numerous scenic lakes and mountains; and the Dartmouth-Sunapee area, a more rural area of mountains and lakes. Most notably, because of its more undeveloped nature, the latter area places much of Andover within a part of the state ranked as one of the best for wildlife habitat based on its large tracts of undeveloped land, forests, wetlands, and soils. Its natural resources -- undeveloped land or open space, diversity of forest cover, highly productive farmland soils, prime wetlands, unpolluted surface and groundwater resources, and air quality -- face increasing pressures from land development. 

Wells will also describe the role the Forest Society has played in developing the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership, a ten-year effort to conserve the Monadnock Highlands of north-central Massachusetts and western New Hampshire; and New Hampshire’s Wildlife Action Plan. 

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