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Candia Conservation Calendar

Submit your photos for our 2025 calendar! Due Sept 1

CCC Calendar 2024

2025 Calendar Photo Submissions. Attention photographers! We'd love to have you submit your best photos of Candia wildlife and nature for our 2025 Candia Conservation Commission calendar.

All proceeds go to the Barry Conservation Camp scholarship and provide for a Candia student to attend one week at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin, NH.

Find out more about the Candia Conservation Commission Scholarship to Barry Conservation Camp.

Photo Submission Information:

  • Email your photos to photos@candiaconservationcommission.org. Please put "Calendar Contest" in the subject line and all relevant information in the body (including the photographer’s name, and where and when the photo was taken).
  • Photos must be taken in Candia and be of wildlife and or landscapes of our beautiful town.
  • Photos should be at least 300 dpi.
  • Photos should be in focus (with no blurriness) when enlarged to a 11" x 8" format.
  • Photos containing manmade items, such as fences, bird feeder, etc. will not be considered.
  • Submission deadline is September 1, 2024.

Check out our Photo Gallery to view calendar photos from previous years.

Candia Conservation Commission Scholarship to Barry Conservation Camp

Congratulations Jojo and Remy!

Barry Camp Sign

Congratulations to Jojo Michael and Remy Alff who were awarded the 2024 scholarship.The Candia Conservation Commission offers the Candia Conservation Commission Scholarship to Barry Conservation Camp each year. Find out more about our scholarship.

Flint Road Timber Harvest Update

Project successfully completed.

Summer 2023: Flint Road Town Forest - Forest Management Improvement Timber Harvest ProjectIn the Summer of 2023, Forester Charlie Moreno did a timber harvest on the Flint Road Town Forest in Candia. Approximately 15-18% of the harvestable trees were removed. Selective cutting such as these actually enhance the remaining trees and create new habitats for wildlife.

View our Photo Gallery for more photos.

Summer 2023: Flint Road Town Forest - Forest Management Improvement Timber Harvest ProjectSummer 2023: Flint Road Town Forest - Forest Management Improvement Timber Harvest Project

'Dennis Lewis Town Forest'

In honor of a dedicated commission member who loved the forest and nature

Sign for Dennis Lewis Town Forest

The New Boston Road Town Forest was renamed in honor of Dennis Lewis - CCC member and Candia Road agent. Dennis was a dedicated commission member and loved the forest and nature.

The 'Dennis Lewis Town Forest' sign was created by CCC member Leon Austin. And the new bridge, which was built by volunteers and a generous donation by Lowes in Epping, held up to the recent heavy rains and flooding!

New Bridge built at Dennis Lewis Town ForestNew Bridge built at Dennis Lewis Town Forest holds up to the recent heavy rains and flooding

Betsy Kruse steps down after 27 years!

CCC seeking new members

Betsy Kruse steps down from the CCC board after serving for 27 years

Betsy Kruse has stepped down from the CCC board after serving for 27 years! Her dedication and knowledge of protecting and enjoying the natural resources of Candia was such a valuable contribution over the years. Her editing skills were especially appreciated on the creation of our newsletters, reviewing the minutes and other written reports.

In her absence, we are seeking new regular members and alternates. If you are interested in sharing your skills and love of nature, please contact us! Perhaps you would enjoy leading walks, helping with trail maintenance or sharing your knowledge of birds or pollinators. There are many ways to volunteer!

Join Candia Commission members on an upcoming walk

Upcoming walk posted soon.

Deerfield Road Town Forest

Join us for a community walk. For more information, email the CCC at info@candiaconservationcommission.org.

Conservation talk - Wetland Application Review

Thank you.

Wetlands Application Reviews - March 15, 2022 at 7 pm by CCC member Lindsey White - The Group The Candia Conservation Commission hosted a short presentation on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 7 pm at the Town Hall on Wetlands Application Reviews. CCC member Lindsey White, a Certified Professional Soil Scientist, explained the process commissioners and others must consider when assessing the impact of development on wetlands. White is Project Manager at GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Wetlands Application Reviews - March 15, 2022 at 7 pm by CCC member Lindsey White

CYAA Community Informational Night

A great night for sharing information.

The Candia Conservation Commission was part of the first CYAA Community Informational Night on Thursday, October 21. This was an opportunity for the different town organizations to share information about their group with townspeople and newcomers to Candia. The CCC was able to share their website which contains information about the town forests, and trail maps to download. They also had the CCC Calendars for sale - the proceeds going to sponsoring a Candia student for a week at Barry Conservation Camp. Calendars are available at the Smyth Library, Town Hall and from CCC members and make the perfect Christmas gift!

L to R: Lindsey White, Betsy Kruse and Leon Austin L to R: Judi Lindsey, Betsy Kruse, Lindsey White and Leon Austin.

Photo on left: L to R: Lindsey White, Betsy Kruse and Leon Austin
Photo on right: L to R: Judi Lindsey, Betsy Kruse, Lindsey White and Leon Austin.

Conservation Easement Monitoring

Protecting and preserving land in Candia.

Bear Paw board member Susan Wilderman led a conservation easement monitoring on the Lindsey land in Candia. When land is put in a conservation easement, it is protected and preserved 'in perpetuity'. Once a year the land is monitored - walked and checked for any violations to the easement. Bear Paw Regional Greenways is a land trust serving Candia and surrounding towns.

L to R: Susan, the Lorax, Jim Lindsey, Rue Teel and dog Tilda on North Road Conservation Easement.

L to R: Susan, the Lorax, Jim Lindsey, Rue Teel and dog Tilda on North Road Conservation Easement.

BioBlitz 2021

View the results from the 2021 NH BioBlitz

Residents participated in the NH BioBlitz sponsored by the UNH Extension during the month of September 2021.  All data collected on town-own lands has been shared with the Town. You can view the results here.

A BioBlitz is a species scavenger hunt where volunteers help find and record data on as many different wild living things as possible in a certain area and a short amount of time.

BioBlitz Thumbnail 1BioBlitz Thumbnail 2Participants in the September 11 BioBlitz on the Deerfield Road Town Forest used the app iNaturalist to document plants and animals. The trails were cleared of overhanging branches. The metal markers on the 3 different trails were freshly painted - red, blue and yellow - so you will find it easy to navigate them. A color-coded map has been added to the kiosk. Enjoy! View all our photos from our BioBlitz event.

NH Bioblitz link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u80YKzW5RwE

Deerfield Road Town Forest

A wonderful day for a guided walk!

Thank you to all of those who joined us on our Saturday, Oct. 9th guided walk on the Deerfield Road Town Forest. It was a perfect day for checking out the newly marked trails. Look for more walks in the future.

Check out our Photo Gallery to view photos from this walk

Deerfield Road Town Forest October 2021 Guided Walk Group Photo

The Deerfield Road Town Forest is located on Deerfield Road (Rt 43), on the left just past New Boston Road going towards Deerfield.

Don't feed the deer

Keep wildlife wild

Deer in WinterRead this article on the Taking Action for Wildlife website: Taking Action for Wildlife - Don't feed Deer.

Another interesting article on the NH Fish and Game website: New Hampshire Fish and Game: Help Keep Wildlife Wild — Leave Young Animals Alone.

Did you know? The CCC has several helpful links to conservation organizations and news.

"Critter Crossing" signs

Please store your signs for winter, after Oct 1

Judi Lindsey with one of the Candia Conservation Commission critter crossing signs

An important reminder to all the townspeople who have one of the Critter Crossing signs, please take down your critter crossing signs just after October 1. Turtles were still crossing - and getting squished - last week. So they are still on the move.


The Colotti family holding their Candia Conservation Commission critter crossing signsThe purpose of these Critter Crossing signs is to alert drivers to areas where turtles frequently cross and often get hit on the road. These signs will hopefully give drivers time to react and be watchful - thus possibly avoiding a casualty.

Some turtles do not reach breeding age until 12-15 years old. Their eggs are often dug up by predators. Thus, their populations do not rebound like squirrels, deer and many other animals. Therefore, it is highly important to protect each individual.

Other critters such as amphibians - frogs, salamanders, etc. - are at high risk this time of year (spring) as they are also crossing roads to their breeding grounds. Warm, rainy nights are especially busy for them.

Also, if you are assisting any critters across the road, always put them on the side of the road in the direction in which they are headed. Thank you for protecting and guiding our wildlife!


CCC KIDS club helped Mrs. Lindsey paint the Critter Crossing signs

Children in the CCC KIDS club helped Mrs. Lindsey paint the "Critter Crossing" signs that are put along Candia's roads to help protect crossing animals. Residents can contact the Conservation Commission to get one to place on their road.

Find out more about CCC KIDS Club

Winner of CCC Bear Raffle

Congratulations Becky Therien!

At Candia's Old Home on Saturday, August 28, 2021, the winner of the Candia Conservation Commission's wooden carved bear was Becky Therien. Carver, Leon Austin, donated the bear for the raffle. All proceeds go towards helping to send a Candia student to Barry Conservation Camp, a week-long nature camp in Berlin, NH. Find out more about the Debra Bell Levesque Scholarship to Barry Conservation Camp.

L to R: Top - Todd, Becky and Paige Therien, Bottom - Parker, Piper

L to R: Top - Todd, Becky and Paige Therien, Bottom - Parker, Piper

Newsletter Available

A publication of the CCC listing our ongoing and upcoming projects

CCC Newsletter

View our most recent Newsletter. Topics include the Dennis Lewis Town Forest dedication, the new bridge, Barry Conservation Camp scholarship information, Betsy Kruse retirement, and information on joining the CCC.