NH Conservation


Thomas A. Howard, GRI, CBR, ALC
Principal Broker
NH Conservation Real Estate


Utilize my professionalism, experience and knowledge to assist clients with a wide variety of conservation-related real estate transactions; and to leave beautiful places in my wake.



  • University of Maine, BS with high distinction, Recreation & Parks Management, 1979: coursework in geology, legal regulation of the environment, biology, wildlife management, forest recreation management, soil science, land resource economics, recreation and park management, ecology, park planning/design.
  • Plymouth State College: real estate entrepreneurship
  • NH Vocational Technical College: surveying, small business management, solar energy
  • Realtor Land Institute: recreational land, real estate mapping, tax deferred 1031 exchanges, timberland, agricultural land, land investment analysis, marketing

Real Estate:

  • REALTOR Land Institute, Accredited Land Consultant (ALC), 2015
  • Real Estate Training Institute; Certified Buyer Representative (CBR), 1997
  • Tri-State Realtors Institute; Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI), 1992
  • Institute for Practicing Real Estate; Fundamentals of Real Estate, 1987
  • 35 years of real estate brokerage


  • UNH Cooperative Extension; Agriculture and Natural Resource Business Institute, 2016
  • UNH Cooperative Extension; Granite State Woodlot and Wildlife Management Course, 1996
  • Six years work on staff of major conservation organizations, teaming with and learning from conservation professionals in land protection, stewardship, landscape scale planning, conservation master planning.
  • Long-time sponsor of Saving Special Places statewide conservation conference


Real Estate Broker - Licensed and active in the State of New Hampshire, 1987-present; experience with residential, second home, commercial and land markets; focus on conservation land since 2004. Services offered include marketing and sales, buyer representation and consultation. Clients include private landowners, conservation organizations (SPNHF, NEFF, LRCT), municipal/county governments.

Land Protection Specialist - Society for the Protection of NH Forests, Concord, NH, 1998-2003. Met with private landowners, assessed goals and resource characteristics, designed projects; completed conservation easement and land gift acquisition transactions in entirety; promoted land protection through educational activities including workshops, field trips; assisted development of land acquisition criteria and land stewardship standards; reviewed potential land protection projects with staff, Lands Committee and Board; drafted legal documents and refined with legal counsel; provided technical land protection assistance to landowners, conservation commissions, natural resource professionals, attorneys, real estate brokers; collaborated with other departments on joint projects.

Conservation Manager - Lakes Region Conservation Trust, Meredith, NH, 1996-98. Evaluated and designed land protection opportunities; completed transactions including conservation easements and fee acquisitions; compiled baseline documentation for real estate interests owned; oversaw conservation easement monitoring and land stewardship programs; developed property management plans.

Director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities - Town of Meredith, NH, 1980-87. Managed a municipal department; prepared and managed an operating budget in excess of $300,000; hired, trained and supervised a seasonal staff of 15; developed, implemented year-round recreational programs for all community populations; oversaw municipal contracts for variety of park, buildings and grounds functions; responsible for park planning, design, maintenance and capital projects; managed recreational facilities; public relations; advised Town Manager on issues of department policy.


REALTOR Land Institute, National Association of REALTORS

  • Member 2012-present
  • Accredited Land Consultant - 2015
  • Education Committee - 2016-17

New Hampshire Association of REALTORS

  • Public Policy Committee 1992-2021
  • Board of Directors 1997-99

Lakes Region Board of REALTORS

  • Professional Standards Committee 1995-97, 2006-13, 2019-present
  • Legislative Committee 1992-2000, 2004-06, 2010-12; 2019-20; chairman 1995-99, 2019-20
  • Board of Directors 1993-2000; President 1999; Treasurer 1997
  • Realtor of the Year 1997
  • Community Service Committee 1995-97

Lakes Region Conservation Trust:

  • Board of Trustees 1993-96, Secretary 1993-94
  • Lands Committee 1992-96
  • Red Hill Task Force 1994-97


Boy Scouts

  • Moultonborough, NH: Adult Leader, 1997-2008; Troop Committee, 2002-present.
  • Worcester, MA: Scouting for the Handicapped, Adult Leader, 1975-77.
  • Orrington, ME: Eagle Scout, 1972; Brotherhood Member, Order of the Arrow

State of New Hampshire:

  • Commission to Review the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act, 2005-06.
  • Lakes Management Advisory Committee, Dept. of Environmental Services, 1993-2002.

Town of Moultonborough, NH:

  • Capital Improvements Program Committee, 2016-2022, chair 2019-22
  • Planning Board, 2011-2014, chair 2012-14
  • Recreation Strategic Planning Team, 2004-08

Youth and Inter-Scholastic Sports: Meredith and Moultonborough; league administrator, coach, referee; 1980-2010


“Conservation Easement Basics for Realtors”: UNH Cooperative Extension, multiple presentations 2015-17; statewide*

“Creative Real Estate Transactions for Conservation”: November 2011: NH Association of Conservation Commissions Annual Meeting; Concord, NH

“Tools for Real Estate Professionals: What You Should Know about Land Conservation Transactions and Conservation Planning”: September 2008; Amherst Land Trust and Center for Land Conservation Assistance; Amherst, NH. // April 2006; Harris Center for Conservation Education, Monadnock Conservancy and NH Dept. of Environmental Services; Hancock, NH. // March 2005; Seacoast Land Trust, Center for Land Conservation Assistance and NH Estuaries Project; Greenland, NH *

“Open Space & Land Protection”: September 2002, Antioch New England Institute, Selectperson Institute; Plymouth, NH

“Land Protection for Multiple Uses”: July, 2002, Belknap County Conservation District Annual Meeting; Gilmanton, NH

“Conservation Easements – What a Broker Needs to Know”: October 2000, NH Association of REALTORS Annual Convention; Dixville Notch, NH *

“Protecting Family Lands: Land, Estate Taxes, and the Next Generation”: February 2000, Belknap County Cooperative Extension; Laconia, NH

“Voluntary Land Protection”: September 1999, NH Coverts Project, UNH Cooperative Extension Service; Strafford, NH

“Conservation Easement Monitoring Workshop”: May 1998, Lakes Region Conservation Trust; Moultonborough, NH

*Approved for continuing education credit by NH Real Estate Commission at time of presentation.


“Forests, Foresters, and Forestry”: September 1999, September 2000; Belknap and Carroll County Extension Services; Gilford, NH *

“Promoting Healthy Waterfront Property: A Seminar for New Hampshire Real Estate Agents”: May 2000, Lakes Region Board of REALTORS, NH Department of Environmental Services, and  NH Lakes Association; Holderness, NH *

*Approved for continuing education credit by NH Real Estate Commission at time of presentation.


“Selling Real Estate with Conservation Protections”; The Communicator, New Hampshire Farm Bureau, July/August 2010

“Think Twice before Selling the Farm”; The Communicator, New Hampshire Farm Bureau, September/October 2010.