Dumpling Brook Wildlife Management Area
Town: Merrimack and Bedford
Acquisition History: Dumpling Brook WMA is made up of thirteen tracts which were acquired between 1947 and 1953 primarily to provide a water source for the Department's Reed's Ferry Fish Hatchery. A half-acre land swap in 1978 reestablished public access after the property became landlocked by the construction of the F.E. Everett Turnpike.
Description: Dumpling Brook WMA is bordered by residential neighborhoods, commercial development, and the Everett Turnpike Highway. The property is generally flat and dominated by pine-oak-maple forests crossed by a few small streams and powerline rights of way. The Merrimack River flows nearby to the east.
Common Wildlife: Deer, fox, turkey, and a mix of songbirds including wood thrush are common. You will find prairie warblers, indigo buntings, and eastern towhees are common on the powerlines. A 2014 timber harvest focused on creating young forest and enhancing understory cover to add to the diversity of habitats on the property.
Special Notes: Dumpling Brook was once a part of the Department's Reed’s Ferry Fish Hatchery. In the mid 1950’s the expansion and realignment of Route 3 bisected the facilities. The Department sold the hatchery and used the sale proceeds to purchase and build the Milford Fish Hatchery.
Directions: From either Route 3 or Exit 12 off of the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack, take Bedford Road west. Take the first right onto Back River Road. There is a parking area on the right, after Norm’s Transmission Service.
DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 22, D 2
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