Current Use Workshop in Bradford NH March 24

Scenic rural road lined by agricultural fields and forested lands along the Langdon-Charlestown town line in Sullivan County, NH. Photo by Catherine Bushueff, Sunapee.

Rural landowners of 10 or more acres can enroll their property in the state “Current Use” program and lower their property taxes. However, this protected property also has restrictions on its future use. An informational workshop on the NH Current Use Tax Rules, sponsored and conducted by the UNH Cooperative Extension, will be held on Wednesday, March 24 at the Bradford Town Office, 75 West Main Street, Bradford (NH) from 7 to 9 p.m.

This is a free workshop. It will explain the Current Use assessment and different aspects of the program. It’s designed to help land owners determine if this form of land conservation is appropriate for them. It will also provide a good review of regulations for those already participating in Current Use. (See the program announcement, pdf 33KB: CUBradford).

For more information or directions, contact Tim Fleury (tim.fleury@unh.edu), Merrimack County Cooperative Extension office, (603) 796-2151 (Ext. 325) or visit www.extension.unh.edu. Fleury is a Forest Resources educator for the Extension Service and member of the Sunapee Conservation Commission.

Visit SPACE (NH’s Current Use Coalition) for more information including:

What is Current Use? Current Use Assessment provides a property tax incentive to all qualifying landowners who agree to maintain their land in an undeveloped condition. This assessment is based on the capacity of the land to produce income in its current use-whether it is managed farm or forest, or unmanaged open space. Current Use is the cornerstone of the state’s land conservation efforts, with over half the land in New Hampshire is enrolled in this valuable program.

“It is hereby declared to be in the public interest to encourage preservation of open space, thus providing a healthful and attractive outdoor environment for work and recreation of the state’s citizen’s, maintaining the character of the state’s landscape, and conserving the land, water, forest, agricultural and wildlife resources.” NH Current Use law RSA 79-A (enacted July 1, 1973)

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