Our Vision for New Hampshire in 2050

From the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program Board of Directors

In fifty years, we see a New Hampshire providing her citizens with protected lands, historic buildings, and cultural resources that combine to establish a sense of place that defines the character of our individual communities and our state and, through its natural beauty, ecological diversity, working lands, historic architecture and unique cultural resources, supports our economy and enriches the quality of life for all people who visit or live in the state.

To reach this vision, the Program seeks to achieve, both with its own resources and by setting an example which educates and supports others, the following goals:

  • Visually pleasing views of New Hampshire's natural and built landscape are provided from public roadways and trails.
  • A significant portion of resident's livelihood comes from working forests and farmlands and a tourism economy based on cultural/heritage and recreation.
  • Residential, commercial and industrial development is planned and implemented in a manner that sustains natural resources and protects historic and cultural resources and all communities in NH have developed, and are implementing, a plan for the protection of its important buildings and open land resources.
  • A large percentage of communities have maintained their traditional town centers, with community buildings, small locally-owned shops and green space available for local and visiting people while re-development of downtown areas in our cities is common-place.
  • Every community has saved or protected cherished historic buildings or parcels of undeveloped land that defines it as unique.
  • New Hampshire's natural landscape provides clean air and water, and other ecological values to all who reside or visit here.
  • All citizens treasure our natural and historic built environment and embrace the vision.
  • Enough high quality soil and agricultural land is protected & in production to supply 15% of the food needs of NH's population.
  • Enough forest land is perpetually available for multiple uses such that there is still a large enough forest products industry utilizing these forest resources to supply NH citizens with all their forest products needs.
  • Specimen period architecture, structures and places of historic significance survive in every community.
  • A representative sample of all natural communities exist across the landscape and are protected permanently for the purpose of sustaining natural ecological functions.
  • All significant 19th/early 20th century industrial buildings are reused or recycled for "vital" community use.
  • There are scenic vistas and undeveloped frontage on every state highway.
  • Each village has a distinctive center and defining feature.
  • New Hampshire's industrial heritage is protected in many communities across the state.
  • New Hampshire's water resources will be protected and access to these resources will be provided for all water users.