Hackett Hill Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition History: This property was purchased in 1991 from the Alice Bemis Thompson Trust.
Description: Just north of the village of South Tamworth, this property is forested with hardwoods and softwoods including white pine, hemlock, balsam fir, oak, beech, and birch. It includes 3100 feet of frontage on the north side of the Bearcamp River and 11 acres of wetlands. In 1997, a timber harvest took place to thin and release a dense planted pine stand bordering the Bearcamp River and enhance browse, forest foods and cover for bear, deer and other wildlife. Another harvest in 2012 group selection cuts (0.25 - 0.5 acre areas) to enhance understory regeneration, wildlife cover, and mast production in pine-oak-maple and hardwood-hemlock-pine areas. The harvest also included clear cutting a few patches up to 3 acres each to enhance young forest habitat and woody browse, among other things.
Common Wildlife: wildlife found in the Hackett Hill WMA include deer, moose, bear, snowshoe hare, fox, bobcat, fisher, squirrels, chipmunks and waterfowl. Brook, brown, and rainbow trout are stocked in the Bearcamp River; natural reproduction by landlocked salmon has been documented (salmon parr present).
Special Notes: The Alice Bemis Thompson Trust also donated a conservation easement on an adjacent 17.5 acres, extending 300 feet deep along the river, providing a river buffer and riverfront trail for fishing and walking. The property also abuts the 297-acre Perkins Farm conservation easement granted to the town of Tamworth.
Directions: The area is located on the north side of Route 25, just west of South Tamworth.
DeLorme NH Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 40, E 6
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