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During the state of emergency declared by the Governor, please refer to the web page of the Planning and Community Development Department for updates on meetings and other information. 

Natural Resources Inventory

The Manchester Conservation Commission adopted the 2020 Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) Report at their meeting on April 22nd, 2021. The purpose of this report was to gain a better understanding of Manchester’s significant ecological features and to use that knowledge to help serve the City’s residents. This completed report will be used to help guide the City in its decisions regarding land use and in its efforts to properly manage and conserve its natural resources.

Visit the Natural Resources Inventory page to learn more about the project.


Since its formation in 1989, the Manchester Conservation Commission has worked to preserve the City's natural resources for the benefit of its citizens and wildlife. Protection of these resources improves water and air quality, preserves rare species of plants and animals, provides recreational and educational opportunities, and helps mitigate the impacts of storms and flooding. Some of the Commission's responsibilities include:

  • Advising the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services on applications to disturb wetlands in the City;
  • Cataloging, researching, and planning for the protection of the City's natural resources, including watersheds, open spaces, wetlands, and endangered species;
  • Acquiring property interests in land for the City to hold in conservation and maintaining their quality;
  • Promoting conservation activities and cleanups of ponds and other natural places;
  • Advising other City boards, such as the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment, on environmental impacts of development


The Manchester Conservation Commission is a seven-member, volunteer, advisory board established by local ordinance (Chapter 32). All members are appointed by the Board of Mayor & Alderman and serve three-year terms.

Name Title Term Exp.
Brenda Noiseux Chair August 1, 2021
Brent Cole Vice Chair August 1, 2021
Edgar Bourgeois Member August 1, 2021
George Carrigan Member August 1, 2021
Garry Haworth Member, Treasurer August 1, 2023
Christopher Potter Member August 1, 2023
Craig St. Pierre Member, Secretary August 1, 2023
Biram Saidybah Alternate August 1, 2023
Nicholas Testa Alternate August 1, 2023

Contact Information

Manchester Conservation Commission
c/o City of Manchester Planning and Community Development Department
One City Hall Plaza
Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 624-6450


Starting on January 28th, 2021, Conservation Commission meetings are held usually, but not always, on the fourth Thursday of the month.  The purpose of this schedule is to coordinate with the Manchester Planning Board, which meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.  The Commission has chosen to meet one week after the Planning Board's business meeting, in which they vote on regional impact and on whether upcoming cases should also get reviewed by other committees, to ensure that applicants required to meet with the Commission can move through the approval process as quickly as possible.  Please check the 2021 Planning and Community Development Calendar for specific dates of meetings.  Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. and are usually in the Aldermanic Chambers, on the third floor of City Hall.  All meetings are open to the public, the Meeting Minutes and Agendas are available on the website, and most meetings are recorded by Manchester Public Television.

2021 Meeting Schedule

The following meeting dates are planned at the beginning of the calendar year and are subject to change.  Please refer to the agendas, linked on the right of this page, for any changes of schedule close to the meeting date. 

  • January 6
  • January 28
  • February 25
  • March 25
  • April 22
  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 22
  • August 26
  • September 23
  • October 28
  • November 24**
  • December 23**

**Subject to change due to Holiday conflicts.

Appearing Before the Commission

The Commission encourages all residents of Manchester with environmental issues to discuss, and all property owners thinking of impacting wetlands, water bodies, or other natural resources in the City, to speak with the Commission.  Please contact the Commission's staff at the phone number or e-mail address listed above to get on the Commission's agenda.

Pursuant to Subsection 4.5 of the Manchester Subdivision and Site Plan Review Regulations, the Manchester Planning Board solicits the opinion of the Commission when environmental issues are present in an application to the Planning Board.  When such a request is made, the applicant must meet with the Commission.  After the meeting, the Commission usually sends a written recommendation to the Planning Board.  Please refer to Subsection 4.5 for details. 

Pursuant to Article 6.09 of the Zoning Ordinance for the City of Manchester, the Manchester Zoning Board of Adjustment must confer with the Commission prior to granting a variance to the required 25-foot setback from wetlands, if the proposed project is not already under the Planning Board's jurisdiction.  In such instances, an applicant should meet wtih the Commission.  The Commission will usually provide a written recommendation to the ZBA after the meeting. 

Purusant to RSA 482-A, the Commission must be notified of all applications to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for dredging or filling of wetlands.  RSA 482-A:11 provides that the Commission has only 14 days in which to preserve its right to comment on an application, once that application is filed with the Manchester City Clerk.  As the Commission meets monthly, this 14-day window is usually an inadequate amount of time for an applicant to attend a Commission meeting and for the Commission to provide any comment to NHDES.  Accordingly, when the Commission receives notice of a dredge-and-fill permit that has been filed prior to meeting with the Commission, the Commission summarily sends a letter to NHDES requesting 40 days to investigate and comment on the application.  To avoid a possible 40-day slowdown in the state's permitting process, applicants should meet with the Commission prior to submitting a dredge-and-fill permit to DES.

Wetland Inventory and Maps

In 2004, West Environmental Services presented the Manchester Conservation Commission with a comprehensive wetland inventory for the city.  Adoption of this inventory by the Commission satisfied one of the commission's primary duties, as provided for in both state law and in the City of Manchester Code of Ordinances, which is to maintain an index of marshlands, swamps, and other wetlands.  In 2015, the Commission built on the wetland inventory by retaining West Environmental to identify the most important wetlands in the city and digitizing their locations, so that they could be mapped.  West Environmental completed the work that same year and provided the Commission with maps of the wetlands, which can be accessed here - Overall MapHackett HillMassabesic LakeCohas Brook.  The planning staff has created a detailed map that shows where the wetlands fit in with many of the city's features.  The Commission relies on the wetland inventory and the maps as tools in its environmental stewardship.        

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