Conservation Commission

    The Conservation Commission’s mission is to:

    • Recommend proper utilization and protection of the Town’s natural resources
    • Provide protection of the Town’s watershed resources
    • Map: Canaan Conservation Easement Properties

    What it can do:

    • The Commission catalogs the natural resources of the Town and explores issues and management strategies for those resources.
    • The Commission makes recommendations to the Selectmen and to the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development for the better utilization of the Town’s resources.
    • The Commission may accept gifts of money and/or property, subject to the Selectmen’s approval, that will be used to further the Commission’s mission.
    • The Commission may also acquire property, water rights or development rights to further its mission.

    The Conservation Commission meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 pm via Zoom.
    In the event of the first Monday of the month being a holiday, the meeting is held on the second Monday of the month.

    Chair: Bill Chabot, 3 year term ending April 30, 2024
    Co-Chair: Len Reitsma, 3 year term ending August 31, 2022
    Secretary: Elizabeth Chabot, 3 year term ending April 30, 2022
    Cody Hussey, 3 year term ending 2024 
    Thomas Oppel, 3 year term ending 2024
    Alternates: Alice Schori & Noel Everts
    Selectboard Representative: Dave McAlister

    The Nature Hut is located in the Town Forest along Rt 4. The Town Forest is a unique forested wetland, whose topography changes with the season. It is also an important nesting area for the endangered Canada Warbler. 

    Parking is on the north side of Rt 4, in the pull off, located approximately 1/2 mile west of Lafortune Rd. The trail from the parking area to the hut is 1/2 mile in length. There are also three shorter trails which begin & end at the hut. 

    The Nature Hut was built by volunteers from the Conservation Commission and Mascoma High School.