||New Hampshire Estuaries Project, Concord, NH.; Hampton Fall Conservation Commission, Brentwood, NH.; Rockingham County Conservation District, Brentwood, NH.; New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services, Concord.
The purpose of this project was to continue to provide educational efforts on wetlands functions and values, prime wetlands designation, aerial and on-the-ground inventory findings, wildlife habitat, and New Hampshires Prime Wetlands laws and rules for the communities of Hampton and Hampton Falls, which was the project focus area. The project incorporated the first phase (phase I) of this wetland inventory report, which focused on the Taylor River Watershed. That initial assessment included the Taylor River as it flows through both Hampton and Hampton Falls, a portion of Ash Brook and Old River as it flows through Hampton, and Grapevine Run as it flows through Hampton Falls. The map boundaries and functional assessment data from phase I have been integrated into this analysis to create a comprehensive report covering the entirety of the municipalities. This project assessed all of the wetland areas greater than 2 acres that occurred in each community, and included a comprehensive wetland resource assessment of the top 20 wetland complexes in both communities (Appendix A). A NH Certified Wetland Scientist was hired by the Town of Hampton Falls to incorporate the existing wetlands assessment, to complete an inventory of all wetlands in both communities (greater than 2 acres), and to identify individual wetland areas or complexes that were potentially suitable for prime wetlands designation. Once that assessment was completed, eight distinct areas were initially chosen as potential candidates for prime wetlands designation, and a functions and values assessment was conducted on each candidate.