This is a Non-binding Referendum for the people of Nottingham proposed by the Conservation Commission and the Natural Resource Committee.
By my vote in the affirmative below, I acknowledge and agree with the following statements:
· Nottingham’s rural character is of significant value.
· Open farmland and forested lands define the rural character of Nottingham.
· Large blocks of land are significant components of the natural resources in Nottingham and its rural character.
o (The three largest blocks in Nottingham are the Steven’s Hill / Mulligan Forest parcel bounded by Route 152 and Steven’s Hill Road, the Kennard Hill parcel that is bounded by Route 156 and Ledge Farm Road and extends into Epping, and Pawtuckaway State Park. Smaller blocks include the Quincy Pond parcel in the west part of town and the Cedar Waters parcel by Smoke Street that also overlies a large surface aquifer.)
· Large blocks of land provide habitat for wildlife, protect plant communities, and conserve watersheds, wetlands, and aquifer recharge zones.
· It is important to provide connections for wildlife (called greenways) between the large blocks of land in Nottingham to other smaller blocks in our town as well as to those lands that we share with our neighboring communities.
· A completely volunteer, informal and educational initiative called the Four Generals’ Greenway would encourage property owners to protect Nottingham’s forested lands, farmlands, large blocks and their connecting areas, wetlands and aquifer recharge zones.
· This Greenway initiative will not replace best practices for protection of those smaller habitats and sensitive areas that do not lie in these areas. Vernal pools, critical wetlands, and uplands will continue to have high value for property owners and the community.
· Municipal groups in Nottingham will continue to provide information and follow the wishes of the community in planning for development within our town.
By my vote in the affirmative, I agree and endorse all of the above statements, and I encourage municipal groups to regard my vote as we plan for Nottingham’s future.
Draft Document 12.12.05. Editorial suggestions incorporated as of 12.19.05. Final Document 12.19.05. Approved by vote at NCC meeting of 01.09.06.
Susan P. Mooney for the Nottingham Conservation Commission