Through the Exeter, A Special Place initiative, a $3 million bond for open space protection was passed at the March, 2003 town meeting, with support from 73% of the voters. Prior to the vote, the bond received 100% approval from the Select board. The success of this initiative was due in large part to the public education and outreach campaign conducted for this project. A brochure and four newsletters were developed to increase public awareness of open space issues in Exeter. A number of media articles were written to publicize the efforts of the Special Place committee, and encourage citizens to show their support for bonding funds for open space protection. Several presentations were made, and one-on-one discussions held to educate citizen groups and key decision makers about the issues. These efforts paid dividends, with a strong public mandate for open space protection. As a result of these efforts, an open space committee has been appointed by the select board to carry out the goals of the Exeter, A Special Place initiative and fulfill the wishes of the Exeter voters to protect the town’s natural resources and the unique and special character of the town
Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
New Hampshire Estuaries Project
Walker, Theresa and English, Gwen, "Exeter, A Special Place" (2003). PREP Reports & Publications. 306.