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Bryan Comeau, NH Division of Forests & Lands: 603-271-3629
Jim Oehler, NHFG: 603-271-2461
September 30, 2008

Hancock, N.H.: Carpenters Marsh WMA Access Roads Affected by Timber Work

CONCORD, N.H. - Waterfowl hunters and other visitors to the Carpenters Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Hancock, N.H., are advised that certain restrictions are currently in effect regarding the use of access roads in the WMA as a result of a commercial timber sale being conducted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, with oversight provided by foresters from the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands. 

The main access road to the WMA is closed during harvest operations to everything but foot traffic from Monday through Friday. Vehicle traffic is allowed on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays).  Tree harvesting is currently underway and is expected to continue through October. 

The Carpenters Marsh WMA timber project aims to improve spruce-fir forest conditions and to improve habitat for a variety of wildlife, including bobcat, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, numerous songbirds and others, according to Jim Oehler, a habitat biologist with N.H. Fish and Game. 

If you have questions about the access restrictions, please contact forester Bryan Comeau at the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, at 603-271-3629.

For more information and a map of the WMA, visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/WMA_index.htm and click on "Carpenters Marsh WMA"

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