Antrim Open Space Committee
April 19, 2005
Llinda Bundy Melissa Chapman Loranne Corey Block
Robert Edwards Gil Geisz Charles Levesque (Chair)
Ben Pratt Eric Tenney Rod Zwirner
The minutes of the March 1 meeting were approved as submitted.
Charles Levesque led a discussion relative to “kinds of open space”. It was agreed that the committee “Open Space Protection Priorities” would be based on the following:
Natural Resource Information
Individual Values / Preferences
The committee members then suggested a list of types of open space they considered to be important to conserve in Antrim. They are as follows:
Recreational Access to Rivers
The West Ridge
Mixed Group of Habitat Types
Historically Significant Sites
Natural Beauty of Area
Contiguous Corridors for Wildlife
Lakes and Wetlands
Larger Forested Tracts
Conservation Friendly Development of Larger Tracts (Smart Growth)
Good Agricultural Soils
Old Pasture adjacent to Forest for Wildlife
The committee members then spent some time studying the four maps posted for their inspection. The first showed a delineation of the Natural Resources & Conservation Lands. The other three were Coarse Filter – Significant Wildlife Habitat maps prepared for the NH Fish and Game Dept. They were identified as:
CoOccurrence – Wetlands & Uplands
Melissa Chapman then conducted a review of the natural resource GIS information that she has been compiling for Antrim to act as the natural resource inventory for the Committee work. After a thorough review and manipulation of the data layers by the Committee, it was decided that three paper maps will be prepared from this information showing the location of resources of such things as aquifers, agricultural soils and timber stands. These maps are planned to be available for the June 14 and July 12 meetings, which will be open to the public and which will serve as further opportunity for Antrim residents to let the Committee know what they believe is important to conserve in town. This will allow the public to become aware of the work the committee is doing and to make suggestions that will aid the committee in the
preparation of its final report.
The May 10 meeting will be spent reviewing and evaluating the Public Surveys received since the March Town Meeting and will include a presentation of the Dollars and Sense of Open Space, if Dijit Taylor from the Forest Society is available that day.
Mr. Levesque passed out copies of Land Trust – Standards and Practices for review by committee members.