For New Hampshire Counsel for the Public
Heritage Landscapes was asked to provide expertise to the NH Counsel for the Public to assess the historic and cultural landscape resources along a proposed Electrical Utility Upgrade 192-mile corridor, through or within 1 mile or 32 towns, from Pittsburg to Deerfield, NH. Our contributions to this detailed project review include:
New Hampshire’s laws support protection of cultural and natural assets and its citizens value place high value on their landscapes with special feelings about the forested slopes and small towns “above the notch.” Our work assembled a comprehensive capture of cultural assets at the town level over the entire corridor to include: historic graveyards 555 count; conserved lands 1,816 tracts; current use lands ranging from 30% to 80% of town lands along the corridor covering thousands of acres; recreation lands 419 sites and 618 parcels; scenic roads 573 miles; public trails network of 1,542 miles; and public waters 638 public lakes and ponds, 2,419 measured segments on rivers and 288 public access points. Our testimony indicted that the project, if constructed, would have unreasonable adverse effects. Our testimony combined with that of other experts on ecology, scenery, planning, etc., led to the denial of the project.
The transmission line was proposed to cross wetlands, and intrude on panoramic views.
Community workshops engaged local voices along the corridor to identify their valued places and uses.
Assembled from all the workshops, this chart shows the community-identified places uses.
Detailed GIS mapping recorded the cultural landscape resources, and, in the red overlay the breadth of views of the proposed corridor.
The 192-mile Northern Pass corridor include hundreds of historic structures, from modest village churches to huge historic hotels.