How do we leverage limited resources to get the most conservation value? This is the question central to our strategic conservation planning work. Beginning in 2010, we first conducted a Natural Resource Inventory of our entire service area. We took tally of all of the resources within our service area that are of paramount importance: aquifers, riparian areas, animal habitats, and prime farmland soils are just a few of several of the variables we looked at. We compiled this information and developed priority conservation focus areas that boasted the best of these irreplaceable resources. The Natural Resource Inventory we developed is available for download here: USVLT Resource Inventory Report Final.
Next, we took what we had developed to the towns we serve in both New Hampshire and Maine, asking for their advice, feedback, and local expertise. We wanted to know about local natural resources that may have slipped through the cracks of our Natural Resource Inventory. More importantly, we wanted a tally of the resources that can be counted or measured: the scenic, cultural and historic resources that are important to locals. We are currently working on developing a second generation of maps that highlight these concerns.
As we continue to get feedback from the human communities we serve, and as the natural communities we protect shift in the face of climate change and other external factors, we will revisit and revise our strategic conservation plan to continue to get the most conservation value possible.
Focus Area Map of our Service Area
Maps and Tables by Town