Natural Resource Acquisition Grants
Land conservation endeavors to protect ecologically significant land for a variety of purposes, including water quality protection, wildlife habitat protection and enhancement, preservation of scenic views, and conservation of important forest and agricultural lands.
Land conservation helps to maintain New Hampshire’s economic base by ensuring an adequate long-term supply of forest products, and local food remains available, as well as enhancing the tourism industry. Land conservation not only protects the irreplaceable physical resources of our natural environment, but also protects the vitality, quality of life, and sense of place that are so important in our communities and in our state.
All resources conserved with LCHIP funds are required to be protected with either a conservation easement or deed restrictions.
LCHIP grant funds may be used for certain costs directly associated with the acquisition of land or easements for the purpose of protecting ecologically significant lands, existing and potential public water supply lands, farmland, forestland, habitat for rare species or important wildlife, lands for recreation; shorelands, scenic areas and viewshed, and wetlands and associated uplands.
- Program-specific eligibility requirements are described in the Natural Resource Grant Eligibility Self-Assessment Tool
PROJECT COmpletion Requirements
Grant recipients will work collaboratively with LCHIP to develop conservation restrictions in the form of a conservation easement or deed restriction. Project proponents should consider LCHIP requirements carefully to be sure all LCHIP requirements are met and sufficient time is allotted for LCHIP’s review and approval.
At least four weeks prior to closing, grant recipients must submit Final Project Documentation, including the survey, appraisal, title work, environmental site assessment, final project budget, baseline documentation or current conditions reports, and other materials.
In accordance with NH RSA 227-M:17, LCHIP and the grant recipient must enter into a Grant Agreement at the time of project completion. The Grant Agreement describes the grant award, the project scope and structure, and the Grant Recipient’s ongoing obligations and must be recorded contemporaneously with the restrictive deed.
- The Checklist for Natural Resource Acquisition Projects provides an overview of program requirements.
- Complete guidance and required forms are included in the Natural Resource Acquisition Guidance Document
LCHIP requires that, for all acquisition projects, the Recipient provide perpetual oversight and stewardship of the property protected, which includes an obligation to monitor and inspect the property annually. Beginning in the calendar year following closing, a report of annual monitoring activity must be submitted to LCHIP annually no later than December 31.
LCHIP Natural Resource Monitoring Report Form may be used, or Grant Recipients may use the form of their choosing, as long as all information required by LCHIP is included.