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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

Updates & Announcements

Next Commission Meeting

The next Conservation Commission meeting will be on Monday, November 30 at 7:00 pm beginning with a public hearing with details about the Natural Resource Inventory and follow with the regular scheduled meeting at  7:30 pm. Please contact Amy LaFontaine if you would like to attend and be added to the agenda.

Recent Trail Updates

Check out the nice trail work in the  Madame Sherri Forest. The Ann Stokes Loop, Daniel's Mt. Loop and the Miner's Ledge Trail - all part of the Wantastiquet- Monadnock Trail are now in good shape for some late fall or winter hiking. 

Thanks to Ray and Darlene Dunn, John Herrick, Lynne Borofsky, Paul Link, Kathy Thatcher and Tom Duston!

                   The Connecticut River: New England's Great River

The Historical Society of Cheshire County (HSCC) is offering a program via Zoom that you might enjoy! To register go to their website and look under EVENTS. 


The Connecticut: New England's Great River
November 18, 2020.

7:00 pm. Via Zoom


The largest river in New England rises in a small beaver pond near the Canadian border and flows over 400 miles through four states, falling 2,670 feet to the sea through America's only watershed-based national fish and wildlife refuge. Adair Mulligan leads an armchair tour of this great river of New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among the communities that have sprung up along its banks. Next, the discussion will shift to how the river has influenced the lives of those who live there, and how they, in turn, have affected the river. Much more than a travelogue, this presentation explores the many issues involved in managing the health of this major river, and how citizens from all walks of life have created a vision for its future.

This event is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.

If you missed this wonderful program: Coyotes, Fishers, and Bears, oh my!

Please visit HERE.

Susie Spikol, Community Programs Director & Teacher-Naturalist at the Harris Center, presented an engaging Zoom talk about coexisting with coyotes, fishers, and bears. She explored key aspects of each species’ behavior and ecology, cracked open some myths, and shared how to be good neighbors to these oft-misunderstood mammals.


The  event was co-sponsored by the Harris Center for Conservation Education, the Chesterfield Conservation Commission, and the Friends of the Chesterfield Library.

Please visit a recent article in

Madame Sherri's Castle: An Ode to the Eccentric

by Jessica Cole

Contact Us


Conservation Commission

490 Route 63

PO Box 175

Chesterfield, NH 03443

Photography by Jeff Newcomer and the CCC archives

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