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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Public Notices

Under the Coastal Zone Management Act, the New Hampshire Coastal Program (NHCP) provides the public with opportunities to comment on activities requiring federal consistency review, proposed changes to Coastal Program rules, and draft plans. Please see below for current public notices and comment periods.

Federal Consistency Public Notices

Pursuant to Section 307(c) of the Coastal Zone Management Act, the NHCP has received consistency requests for the following proposed activities. Public Notice is provided in accordance with the Federal Consistency Regulations (15 C.F.R. Part 930).

Written comments may be submitted to the NHCP, Pease Field Office, 222 International Drive, Suite 175, Portsmouth, NH, 03801. Comments may also be submitted electronically to For additional information, please contact Christian Williams at (603) 559-0025.

Current Federal Consistency Notices

Agency/Applicant: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing to implement the Land Protection Plan (LPP) required for creation of the proposed Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The proposed Great Thicket NWR would serve as a system of public lands across the states of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. The LPP describes FWS's proposal to acquire land, manage shrubland habitats for wildlife, and offer compatible, priority public uses.

FWS worked with state wildlife agencies, including the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, using species information, modeling and spatial analysis to identify 10 refuge acquisition focus areas, encompassing approximately 298,820 acres across the aforementioned six states. Within these larger focus areas, FWS would work with willing landowners to acquire in fee title or easement approximately 15,000 acres of shrublands and/or lands that would be managed primarily as early successional habitat. Within each focus area FWS does not specify the exact parcels that would be acquired, nor does it set a timeframe for acquisition. Instead, FWS has identified a target number of acres for acquisition.

In New Hampshire, two focus areas totaling over 15,600 acres were identified in the coastal zone: 1) Rollinsford Refuge Acquisition Focus Area, totaling 4,505 acres; and 2) Oyster-Dover-Bellamy Refuge Acquisition Focus Area, totaling 10,913 acres. Each of these focus areas includes a 500-acre acquisition target.

For additional information please see the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (Proposed) Draft Land Protection Plan/Environmental Assessment available at

Comments Deadline: August 5, 2016

Other Public Notices - None at this time.

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