An 1825-acre reserve in the western white mountains of new hampshire

An 1825-acre reserve in the western white mountains of new hampshire


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the land

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This 1825-acre property was assembled over 25+ years starting with the last operating dairy farm in Dalton.  Since then other historic farmsteads, woodlands, wetlands and ridge lines have been added to create a natural corridor running from the Connecticut River up and over Wallace Hill and Dalton Mountain to the Chase Bog.  A trail system leads to established viewpoints on Dalton Mountain and Wallace Hill offering open vistas from Franconia Notch to the Presidential Range to the upper Connecticut River valley to the high peaks of Vermont and the Adirondacks.  There are several unusual  habitats on the land including a rich mesic forest, high elevation red pine areas and cedar bogs.  An initial conservation easement permanently protects roughly one quarter of the property. 

a working property

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The land has historically been used for farming and forestry and these uses continue today.  A local family dairy uses 200+ acres of certified organic fields and pastures.  Many of the fields and pastures were part of pre-Civil War farmsteads and have been recently reclaimed.  Cellar holes, stone walls and other remnants of more than 15 old homesteads, schools and mines have been located on the property.  The working forest consists of hardwood, softwood and mixed stands.  The wood resource is actively managed and supports the local logging and wood products industry.  Guided nature walks and educational activities are organized in partnership with area conservation groups, local schools and wildlife/nature experts.  The Corridor 5 snowmobile trail traverses two miles of the land.  

celebrating nature

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The property hosts diverse and unique natural habitats.  Open fields and pastures, early successional habitat, stands of red oak and beech, old apple orchards and abundant berry patches attract and support a strong and diverse wildlife population including raptors, upland birds, moose, deer, black bear, bobcat, coyote, fox, ermine, snowshoe hare and fishers.  Streams and wetlands complexes are home to beavers, trout, waterfowl and other aquatic life.  The Ammonoosuc fault system bisects the land with intrusive veins dotting the bedrock at this junction of tectonic plates.  More recently the landscape was shaped by glaciers and includes a remote gorge created by sudden runoff from a breached glacial lake.