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Incorporating information from the NH Wildlife Action Plan into your NRI

The selected Appendices and Chapters from the NH Wildlife Action Plan listed below provide valuable information that can be incorporated into the Wildlife section of your NRI.

Appendix A: Species Profiles

You can to use the species profiles to identify potential species on specific land parcel. lands that have not had a detailed wildlife inventory. If you have have identified one of the 123 species of greatest conservation need listed in the NH Wildlife Action Plan, you can include information from the profile in your NRI to indicate what your community could do to help that species. You can also reference the profile and/or copy it into an appendix in your NRI document. Be sure to report your findings to the Wildlife Sightings Database so your data can be incorporated in the next version of Wildlife Action Plan maps.

Appendix A is in 5 parts, by species group. Click to download:

Appendix B:  Habitat Profiles

Use these profiles of the 27 critical habitats identified in the NH Wildlife Action Plan to better understand the habitats that occur in your town. Each of the habitats has a detailed profile in Appendix B. In addition, twelve of the critical habitats are covered in the Habitat Stewardship Brochure series. You can use the information from Appendix B and the these brochures to describe the critical habitats occurring in your community in the Wildlife section of your NRI. Additional habitat information is available on the Habitat Types web page. A next step would be to identify some of the most significant habitat types in town and recommend management or protection strategies in your Conservation Plan.

Appendix D:  Habitat and Species Cross Walks

Use Appendix D to cross reference which species may be found in each habitat, or which habitats could support one of the species. Remember that latitude, size of parcel, time of year, and other factors play an important role in whether or not a species will be found in a particular habitat. You can look at the distribution maps to see if a particular species might be in your area. While a species might not be recorded in your town, it may occur there if the species has been observed in other towns in the region. The Wildlife Action Plan only includes the 123 species of greatest conservation concern, so more common species are not included in this crosswalk tool.

Chapters 4: Wildlife Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Summaries

Conservation and management of wildlife habitats depend on an objective assessment of the degree of risks posed to species and habitats of greatest concern. For each threat in Chapter 4, you can find a definition, expert opinion, known wildlife exposure pathway, and research needs. Incorporate information from the wildlife risk summaries outlined in Chapter 4 into your Natural Resources Inventory.

Chapter 5: Conservation Strategies

Most Natural Resources Inventories include suggestions for protecting the identified natural resources. Chapter 5 summarizes conservation actions to address challenging issues identified in Chapter 4 and how to address the threats to habitats and species in New Hampshire. It also incorporates recommendations from species and habitat profiles. Use this information to make suggestions for protecting wildlife habitats. A next step would be to incorporate this information into your Conservation Plan.

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