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Tilton Conservation Commission, 257 Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276                       Fall  2011     

Fall 2011 Newsletter

A Special Place to Visit in Tilton

The town of Tilton has many special places – natural, historic, architectural, and retail.
         This Tilton Conservation Newsletter offers a glimpse into one of those special places –

Bryant & Lawrence Hardware store

Bryant & Lawrence Hardware Store

    Located at 270 Main Street in Tilton, this family-owned business stands
 ready to offer customers quality products and expert advice. The store is
 crammed full of plumbing and electrical supplies, tools, lawn and garden
 items, and paint, plus even more. Get your fishing license here. Pick up
 canning supplies as needed. Find camping equipment. This store has it all.
Plus, you can't beat the friendly service and helpful advice.

water drop CSPA becomes SWQPA water drop

The Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act (CSPA), enacted in 1991, has a new name. It is now the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act or SWQPA. The protected shoreland is still 250 feet from the reference line of protected waterbodies.  New construction or construction that modifies the footprint of existing impervious surfaces will still require a shoreland permit. However, the following activities do NOT require a permit:

1. trimming or pruning branches for safety and for views
2. maintaining legal, existing al
tered areas such as lawns
3. planting trees in altered areas more than 50 feet from the reference line
4. planting non-invasive vegetation
5. hand-pulling invasive species
6. building a fence using hand tools

For more details, go to http://www.des.nh.gov      

Planting Native Species
(From USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)


Native plants are simply those plants that grew in New Hampshire before the arrival of European settlers.

It has taken more than 10,000 years since the end of the last ice age for our native plant communities to develop. For this reason alone native plants are as much a part of what makes New Hampshire unique as our mountains, lakes, rivers, and coastline. In addition, native plant communities provide vital habitat for New Hampshire’s wildlife.

Native plants have several advantages over introduced plants, including winter hardiness, pest resistance, and low maintenance needs.

Native plants are also non-invasive. They pose no threat to native plant communities if they escape cultivation. Introduced plants such as purple loosestrife can takeover wetlands and other native habitats.

Suggested native plants:

Dry sites - Native lupine, bayberry, low-bush blueberry, bracken fern

Moist sites - Red oak, hemlock, Solomon's seal, bee balm, columbine, jewel weed

Wet sites - Cardinal flower, New England Aster, blue flag iris, winterberry

Streambanks - Willow, smooth alder, monkey flower, pussy willow