Definition: A brief
definition of the element.
Importance: Why the
element is important to
's natural heritage, what threatens it, and why to
consider it in a conservation or stewardship plan.
Examples of conservation goals that a town or
planning group might adopt for that element.
Obtaining and Interpreting Information:
A list of places - agencies, organizations, and
publications - where one can get maps and
information on the various elements (contact
information is given in the Appendix), an example of
a map showing locations of the element, and some
information on how to interpret the data. In some
cases, information is provided on how to gather new
field data on the element.
Example of specific conservation
strategies - from encouraging private
landowners to support sustainable timber harvesting,
to land acquisition, to zoning regulations - that
can help achieve each of the sample conservation
Note: The list of strategies
given for each element is not exhaustive. It is
important to consider strategies identified for all
elements as well as the information presented in Tools
to be sure that all applicable and
appropriate strategies are applied to the unique
circumstances of each town or area of interest. The
goals and strategies presented in this section represent ideas and offer choices and
communities, organizations, and individuals planning
for conservation and stewardship. They are not,
however, the only strategies or goals for realizing
the conservation and stewardship of
's natural heritage of fish, wildlife, and diverse
landscapes and habitats.