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Conservation Commission


Chesterfield Conservation Commission is a town commission as authorized under RSA 36-A for the Town of Chesterfield, New Hampshire. It is an advisory and educational body.

The Chesterfield Conservation Commission focuses on environment protection, educational activities, hiking trails, enhancing visual and wildlife characteristics in town, collaborating with the zoning/planning board and assisting the State of New Hampshire through the wetland and shoreland permit process.

Chesterfield Conservation Commission meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Chesterfield Town Office (unless otherwise posted).

Our mission has been to preserve and enjoy the town’s incredible natural resource, its land. The Commission feels strongly that access to our public lands is essential to the appreciation of their value, and has helped establish and maintain trail networks throughout town. Maps are provided on this site.

Chesterfield Conservation and Recreational Trails Map

The James O'Neil, Sr. Forest sign is back on it's feet !  Thanks to John Herrick

CCC Annual Report

          Year 2020

Updates & Announcements

Next Commission Meeting

The next Conservation Commission meeting will be on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm. Please contact Amy LaFontaine if you would like to attend and be added to the agenda.

                               Have you ever wondered what that strange bug is called or the                                     name of a plant you often see hiking? What about that fluffy- 

                         looking moss on the rock wall, or the energetic songbird in the 


iNaturalist is an easy-to-use, free app that can help identify what you are seeing and hearing. Better yet, the observations you make through the iNaturalist app contribute to a community-driven data base of living organisms all over Earth. All observations submitted within the Town of Chesterfield will support the Chesterfield Conservation Commission and Moosewood Ecological staff to update the Town’s Natural Resource Inventory.

Who can participate?

Anyone who lives in or visits the Town of Chesterfield.

How do I participate?

First, go to the iNaturalist website ( and create a free account if you do not already have one. Next, explore the ‘Getting Started’ page on iNaturalist to learn how to make observation on an iOS device, Android, or via the web. Then, head outside to explore your natural surroundings by taking photos through the app or with a digital camera. Only wild, living organisms are acceptable observations in iNaturalist. Signs of wild creatures, like deer tracks, bird nests, bear scat, and frog eggs are also acceptable, but avoid sharing photos of rocks, pets, crops, or cultivated plants. 


As of February 2020, 311 species of wild organisms have been documented as part of the Town of Chesterfield’s Living Field Guide project on iNaturalist. Can you help us reach 1,000 species by the end of the year?

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Jeff Scott made and hung some new map signs in Friedsam Town Forest !
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Thanks to Rob Koning for the decking fix at the Madame Sherri Forest Trailhead.
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Thanks to John Herrick, the James O'Neil, Sr. Forest sign is standing again!

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