Wildlife, Water, and Woods
These past few weeks our Land Conservation team has been busy finishing several important projects across our service area – including lands in Barrington, Dover, Rollinsford, Londonderry, and Nottingham. All of these projects provide significant protection for wildlife habitat and water quality, as well as public access.
Barr property along the Isinglass River in Barrington
This parcel is 55 acres and includes 4,971 feet of frontage on the Isinglass River along a section of the river known to New Hampshire Fish & Game as important for its native fishery. The conservation easement on this land allows for the continued use and maintenance by the Town of Barrington of the popular Barrington Trail, which extends for well over a mile on the property and continues for several more miles to the Town ball fields on Smoke Street. The Town of Barrington contributed significant funding toward this project and worked with SELT to secure several grants. Other funding partners included Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), NH Department of Environmental Services Aquatic Resources Mitigation Program (ARM), and Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership. Photo above by John Wallace
Land donation abutting Franklin Reserve in Dover & Rollinsford
This extremely generous donation to SELT of 26 acres is located along a tidal portion of the Salmon Falls River. The McElheny family’s land donation is a wonderful addition to SELT’s 47-acre Franklin Reserve and will provide SELT the opportunity to extend the beautiful trail system that exists on Franklin Reserve even further. The McElheny property includes an approximately 1,050-foot section of Garvin Brook which includes a productive salt marsh. This section of Garvin Brook has been identified as an important area for salt marsh migration as sea levels rise with climate change. Photo by Exeter Environmental Associates
Another link in the Pawtuckaway to Great Bay Greenway
This 66-acre land acquisition on Ledge Farm Road in Nottingham builds upon the work SELT has been doing for many years in the Kennard Hill and Pawtuckaway River Corridor in Epping and Nottingham. The Zanard tract abuts the over 200 acres conserved with the Sweetser Family, which abuts the 1,130-acre Harveys’ Kennard Hill Forest conservation easement that SELT secured last year. The Zanard tract includes an 11-acre beaver pond and stream system which includes important habitat for threatened wildlife species. Funding partners included NH Department of Environmental Services ARM, Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetlands Reserve Program, and Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership. Photo by Mark West
Second phase of “Expanding the Musquash” in Londonderry
In partnership with New Hampshire Fish & Game, SELT recently helped conserve the Mathes properties as part of the “Expanding the Musquash” project. The second part of this project (just finished) was the Doyle Conservation easement. This 26-acre conservation easement enhances and expands upon the over 1,400 acres of conserved land in the Musquash Conservation Area, which abuts another 600 acres of conservation land in Litchfield. In addition to NHFG, project partners included the NHDES which provided funds from a Water Supply Land Protection Grant, and LCHIP which also provided funds. The water supply protection funds were provided because the streams and associated wetlands on the property are part of the Watts Brook watershed, which discharges into the Merrimack River near the intake for the Pennichuck Water Works. The property is also of high value for certain threatened wildlife species.