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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wetlands Bureau
Wetlands Minimum Impact Trails Development or Maintenance Project Notification

To protect and preserve submerged lands under tidal and freshwaters and its wetlands (both salt water and fresh-water) from unregulated alteration that would adversely affect the natural ability of wetlands to absorb flood waters, treat stormwater and recharge groundwater supplies, impact fish and wildlife of significant value and depreciate or obstruct the commerce, recreation and the aesthetic enjoyment of the public.

Applies to Minimum Impact Projects involving the construction or maintenance of recreational trails.

Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 482-A:3, XII Excavating and Dredging Permit; Certain Exemptions
Env-Wt 303.04(y), Minimum Impact Projects (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules)

Wetlands Permit Application for Minimum Impact Trail Development or Maintenance ProjectsMicrosoft Word Symbol

$25 per application

Processing Time
7 – 14 days.

Five years with opportunity for one extension of five years, if certain conditions are met as noted under RSA 482-A:3, XIV-a SB 38 (2011); except as noted under Env-Wt 502.01 General Conditions Applicable To All Permits/Duration of Permit (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules).

Any request for a significant amendment to a pending application or an existing permit which changes the footprint of the permitted fill or dredge area requires a new application according to RSA 482:A-3, XIV(e) and RSA 482-A:3,.

will transfer the permit after receipt of a written request by the new owner or legal authority unless there is pending enforcement action.

Any person aggrieved by a final decision of the Wetlands Program can appeal the decision to the Wetlands Council in accordance with RSA 21-O:5-a.

Status of Current Applications
Wetland and Shoreland Permit Application Status Check

More Information
Construction and maintenance of recreational trails must be done in accordance with Best Management Practices for Erosion Control During Trail Maintenance and Construction. Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Please review the requirements for filing a complete application at How to Ensure Your Permit Application is Accepted.
Note that an evaluation for the presence threatened and endangered species from the Natural Heritage Bureau is required.

Contact Us
Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147



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