RCP Stats

Coordinator: Brian Hotz, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests; Ashley Davies

Contact Info: bhotz@forestsociety.org; adavies@svtweb.org

Year started: 2012

Mission Statement:
“The Merrimack Conservation Partnership is a regional conservation alliance formed to protect the southern portion of the greater Merrimack River watershed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts through accelerated land and water protection, advocacy, restoration, outreach and education. The Partnership works by supporting and fostering collaboration, coordination, and innovation among partner organizations to strengthen our individual and collective efforts toward achieving the shared goal of a clean, healthy Merrimack River.”

General Location: Merrimack River Watershed in NH and MA

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 2,095,991

Acres Conserved by Partnership: The Partnership through its land transaction grant program it has awarded $489,000 to 38 projects will conserve 5,400 acres of land.

Number of Partners: 33

RCP Status: Conserving

Steps Taken in Forming Partnership:

  • Draft a vision, mission statement, goals, and/or objectives
  • Develop a governance structure
  • Develop an RCP website
  • Develop a strategic conservation map
  • Engage landowners and/or municipal officials in your region
  • Engage state agencies, federal agencies, and/or philanthropic organizations
  • Craft a compelling case statement
  • Coordinate or collaborate to conserve land as an RCP

Funding sources:

  • Federal grant or program
  • State grant or program
  • Municipal funding
  • Philanthropic foundation
  • Individual donors
  • Cox grant

Website: https://merrimackconservationpartnership.org/

RCP Activities


  • Securing funding
  • Strategic mapping
  • Transaction grants
  • Educational grants
  • Outreach/education
  • Partner engagement

Current Activities:

Current Project Highlights:

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Transaction grants program

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