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Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Wildlife Management Area - Oyster River

Town: Durham

 

County:Strafford

 

Acres: 20

 

Acquisition History: The Oyster River parcel was acquired through the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) with funds provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and conveyed to New Hampshire Fish and Game through The Nature Conservancy in 2003.


Visit the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership website to find out more about this partnership and its conservation efforts.


Description: The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR) is part of a national network of protected areas throughout the Great Bay estuary. Created under the Coastal Zone Management Act, the National Estuarine Research Reserve partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states protects more than one million acres of the nation's most important coastal resources.   The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department manages the Great Bay Reserve, which was designated in 1989. To find out more about the program, visit the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve website.


This property is maintained as shrubland and young forest habitat to support both common and rare species including American woodcock, several shrubland songbirds, and state endangered New England cottontail.  A barn on the property serves as storage for regional Fish and Game activities.


Common Wildlife: Common upland wildlife may include white-tail deer, turkey, red fox, cottontail rabbit and a variety of shrubland birds such as the brown thrasher, eastern towhee, eastern kingbird, and chestnut-sided warbler.


Special Notes: For maps of all conserved lands with public access and a list of allowed recreational uses in the Johnson and Bunker Creeks area, visit the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership website.


Directions: From the intersection of Routes 4 and 108 in Durham, drive east on Rte 4 for approximately 1 mile.  Take a left onto Bunker Lane, a dead end.  Parking is in front of the barn but please do not block the barn doors.


DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 30, G1

 

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Wildlife RestorationThis Wildlife Management Area was funded in part by the Federal Aid in Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. Your purchases of hunting equipment and ammunition make a difference to New Hampshire's wildlife resources and our way of life. Learn more.

 

Maps Available