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Freedom Planning Board & Conservation Commission Create a Fundraising Appeal to PROTECT OSSIPEE LAKE WATER QUALITY!

The Ossipee Planning board has approved the doubling of the Westward Shores Campground from 258 to 519 camp sites although the entire property is in the 100-year flood plain. Most campsites in the existing development are recreational vehicles with attached rooms, porches, and sheds. They are not anchored to the ground and could dislodge in flood water and cause damage to property and water quality downstream. The approval of the expansion will create more of the same. The evacuation plan in the event of a flood leaves it up to the owners to remove their vehicles and property—but the owner could be hours away!

We, Freedom, are not opposed to all development. And we know we can’t stop flooding in the floodplain around Ossipee Lake. Our goal is to ensure the maximum protection to lake water quality and to the downstream property owners that the Ossipee zoning ordinance and FEMA regulations require.

Ossipee’s zoning ordinance says that recreational vehicles in the floodplain should be on a foundation and anchored, but the planning board has not enforced this provision. Freedom and Effingham have appealed the decision to both the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment, but both boards have denied our appeals. The next step is superior court. This will be very costly. Can you help? We have $8,500 in pledges--$6,000 which we receive only if we can match them with other donations. Our goal is $17,500 and we will need it all if the court case drags on—as it might.

Please make a tax-deductible donation to the Ossipee Lake Protection Fund, which will be held by the Freedom Conservation Commission in a special account (Ossipee Lake Protection Fund) to be used only for litigation in this case. Make checks payable to Town of Freedom and write Ossipee Lake Protection Fund on the Memo line (bottom left of check). Mail to PO Box 227, Freedom, NH 03836. Thank you!

PS. While this gives the basic facts, to keep this short, we have left out some details you may want to know. If you have any questions call Anne Cunningham (603-539-4924) or Paul Elie (603-651-1096).

The Larry Leavitt Preserve

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Please visit the Larry Leavitt Preserve located on Rt. 153 next spring. The ECC installed an ADA-compliant picnic table and bird watching platform for all to enjoy!

About the Commission

The Effingham Conservation Commission (ECC), established in 1976, is a volunteer advisory board appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Our primary responsibility is to protect the natural resources of the community. The ECC supports and advises the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Adjustment on conservation issues.

We assist landowners, review, and provide recommendations on wetland permit applications prior to forwarding the applications to the NHDES Wetlands Bureau.

ECC’s duties include keeping an index of open spaces, watersheds, aquifers, forests and woodland environments. When possible, we work to control non-native invasive plants. The Commission stewards and monitors town conservation properties.

The ECC believes our community is sustained by its natural landscapes, clean water, forests and varied habitats for animals and plants. The Commission sees its mission as working to preserve, protect, and properly utilize these resources for present and future residents of Effingham.

If you care about natural resources, consider joining the ECC to help make a difference in Effingham!

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ECC Members

(2018) Emelyn Albert, Chair (603) 539-2035
(2019) Tim White, Secretary
(2017) Jack Williams, Treasurer
(2017) Harry Libby, Member
(2018) Al Levesque, Member
(2019) Virginia Wrabel, Member
Kamal Nath, Alternate
Bill Wrabel, Alternate

Meetings: The ECC meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30PM at the Town Offices. The public is invited to attend. ECC meeting minutes are available at the town offices and this website.

Address: 68 School St. Effingham, NH 03882