Powwow River Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition History: Powwow River WMA is made up of five separate parcels first acquired by The Nature Conservancy and transferred to Fish and Game in 2009. Fish and Game reimbursed The Nature Conservancy for half the project costs using State Wildlife Grant Funding provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Nature Conservancy donated the remaining value.
Description: The Powwow River WMA is comprised of several wetland types including an exemplary streamside fen ecosystem bordering the Powwow River, high quality swamp white oak floodplain forest, an Atlantic white cedar swamp, and emergent marshes, all of which overlay one of southeastern New Hampshire’s largest and most productive aquifers.
Common Wildlife: The Powwow River supports a warm water fishery and its abundant riparian areas and wetlands provide high quality migratory and nesting habitat for waterfowl such as black ducks, buffleheads, mergansers, wood ducks, and pied-billed grebe. Wading birds such as green and great blue herons are common. The forested portion of the property serves as breeding grounds for several bird species including downy woodpecker, brown creepers, veery, magnolia warblers, black-throated blue warblers, and ovenbirds. Mammals such as deer and fisher use the property as well as reptiles such as Blanding’s and spotted turtles. The Powwow River WMA protects a portion of the globally rare habitat type, the Atlantic white cedar swamp, which can support imperiled species such as Hessel’s hairstreak.
Special Notes: With the addition of the Powwow River WMA, a contiguous tract of protected lands span approximately 1,000 acres along the Powwow River. The River has been recognized as a significant natural resource area by several state and regional organizations.
Directions: Powwow River WMA can only be accessed by canoe/kayak. From Route 111, take a right onto New Boston Road and another right onto Small Pox Road. A quarter mile down, Small Pox Road takes a 90 degree turn to the right near the river. An unimproved canoe/kayak access is located there with room for 2-3 cars.
DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 23, D 12
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