Invasive Species Education Day
Held at the height of the tourist season in August to correspond to the first day of Downtown sidewalk days. Various brochures and information is available to those that approach the display table and begin to talk invasive species.
Call the Planning Department at 603-527-1264 ext. 262 for questions concerning small quantity disposal guidelines and for all invasive species questions. If you have larger quantity disposal needs call the Public Works Department at 603-528-6379.
Complex questions on long term management of your invasive species problems should be addressed to Doug Cygan, Invasive Species Coordinator, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture at 603-271-2248 or vial email and any questions regarding exotic aquatic plants should be addressed to Amy P. Smagula, Limnologist/Exotic Species Program Coordinator, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services at 603-271-2248 or via email.
Remember to separate and contain all invasive materials before transporting them off site.
Stream Cleanup Program
The Laconia Conservation Commission is currently choosing a geomorphological consultant for Black Brook. Black Brook runs from Gilford into Laconia where it empties into Paugus Bay. Union Cemetery now has a plan to stabilize its banks to prevent plot loss along Meadow and Durkee Brook. Langley Brook will be the next project undertaken by the City of Laconia. The projects will improve public safety, control and filter sedimentation issues, and protect our public water supplies.
Natural Resource Inventory
During the summer of 2008 the Laconia Conservation Commission contracted Watershed to Wildlife Inc., a natural resource consultant from Bethlehem, New Hampshire to complete the City's 2009 Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) (PDF). Members of the Laconia Conservation Commission and staff now have a valuable tool to use allowing the City to make smart long term natural resource decisions.
Conservation Easement Acquisition
The Commission is actively pursuing the acquisition of sensitive lands within the City in order to preserve them as conservation easements. A number of areas within the City are prime wildlife habitats which are critical for the survival of numerous species. Protection of these lands through the pursuit of conservation easements helps to preserve diverse local flora and fauna while protecting the unique Lakes Region Landscapes.
Conservation Easement Monitoring
The City currently has 10 conservation easements with additional potential locations on the horizon. The Conservation Commission monitors these easements throughout the year to assure compliance with all conditions set fourth within the Easement deed.
View the Conservation Easements in Laconia (PDF).
Earth Day Native Garden Planting Program
During the spring of 2008, the Laconia Conservation Commission began working to start an annual program to create native gardens at local City parks and playgrounds. The Commission has installed one native garden at Robbie Mills Park in front of the concession stand and will be installing a second native garden at Robbie Mills Park for Earth Day 2009. The 2010 Season allowed the Commission to establish plantings along the Riverwalk next to City Hall.
View the Open Space Planning Information (PDF).