Between 1982 and 1997,
New Hampshire lost 196,100 acres of forest land. 91% of this
loss was due to urban sprawl.
New Hampshire is
losing it's most productive farmland. Between 1982 and 1997, nearly 12,000
acres of prime farmland became unavailable for production of crops,
feed, forage, or fiber. Most was lost to urban and rural
development. Only 2% of New Hampshire soils classify as prime
There is progress with some resources. For example, the average
erosion rate on cropland declined from 4.1 tons per acre in 1982 to
3.5 tons per acre in 1997.
New Hampshire's Federal
land increased by over 28,000 acres from 1982 to 1997.
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