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Natural Resources
of Antrim, New Hampshire
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The Town of Antrim has a wealth of natural resources.  Due to the hilly topography, most of Antrim is undeveloped.  There are abundant conservation areas, hiking trails and waterways for recreation, wildlife habitat and preservation.

Hills and Mountains
The following is a list of the major elevation points in Antrim:                                

Bald Mountain
2,030
Goodhue Hill
1,620
Gibson Mountain 
1,330   
Holt Hill
1,370
Riley Mountain
1,440   
Meetinghouse Hill       
1,370
Robb Mountain
1,820   
Patten Hill
1,390
Willard Mountain
1,920
Tuttle Hill
1,760
Windsor Mountain        
1,450
Source:  United States Geologic Survey

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The Town of Antrim is gifted in the number and quality of its water resources.  Antrim falls entirely within the Contoocook River Watershed, which is a part of the Merrimack River Basin. A watershed is an area in which all the land drains to a particular common point or body of water. There are four main watersheds in Antrim:  the Contoocook River, the North Branch of the Contoocook River, Great Brook, and Cochran Brook. The Contoocook River flows approximately 70 miles from Poole Pond in Rindge north to Concord, where it flows into the Merrimack River with Antrim located approximately at its midpoint. All of Antrim’s surface water drainage eventually flows into the Contoocook River.

The North Branch is a major tributary of the Contoocook River and which flows northerly from Highland Lake in Stoddard to its confluence with the Contoocook River in Hillsboro, just north of the Antrim town line. Both of these rivers were placed in the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program in June 1991.

Significant Wildlife Areas:
While it could be stated that much of Antrim is a habitat for wildlife, certain areas stand out for the abundance and diversity of wildlife present. A brief listing of wildlife to be found in Antrim include:

Deer, moose, black bear, muskrat, woodchuck, porcupine, beaver, squirrel, chipmunk, mink, fisher, otter, skunk, weasel, raccoon, red fox, coyote, and a wide variety of snakes, frogs, birds, and fishes.

The Rural and Rural Conservation Districts are the districts that have been identified by their nature to be home to these creatures. This is not to say that these wildlife are not found in the other districts, because they are, but that in the two rural districts they can inhabit the ecological niche (habitats) they require.

The more diverse the wildlife species, the greater the need for diverse habitats. Some species require only small areas – less than an acre. Others need hundreds (or even thousands) of acres and some require a mix of different habitat types throughout the year. A diverse habitat is one that consists of a variety of landforms and vegetative cover, for example: open fields, woods, streams, marshes, ridges, and valleys. Significant habitats will typically be connected by migratory routes or wildlife corridors. Frequently, these are found along stream and river paths, ridgelines, large tracts of undeveloped woodlands, etc.


 
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