Robb Reservoir Waterfowl Management Area
Acquisition History: As part of a multi-partner effort to conserve 1,670 acres surrounding Robb Reservoir, NH Fish and Game purchased nearly 2 acres that includes the Robb Reservoir dam and a small parking area. The dam will be maintained and managed by the state to provide waterfowl habitat. The parking area provides public access to the reservoir for waterfowl hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and hunting within the surrounding 1,670 acres.
The 1,670 acres is owned and managed by the Harris Center for Conservation Education based in Hancock, NH with a conservation easement held by the NH Division of Forests and Lands (NHDFL). The Trust for Public Lands spearheaded the effort to conserve this property with funding provided by the USDA's Forest Legacy Program, NH’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the Landowner Incentive Program administered by the NH Fish and Game Department, NH Fish and Game Habitat Account funds, North American Waterfowl Conservation Act funds from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the State Conservation Committee (Moose Plate funds), the Town of Stoddard, and several private donations.
Description: Robb Reservoir is a shallow, open water pond with marshy edges in some spots. The surrounding 1,600+ acres holds a diversity of habitats from pine-oak-maple and hemlock woodlands to marshes, shrub swamps, red maple swamps, and open water wetlands. The North Branch of the Contoocook River flows through the property.
Common Wildlife: Robb Reservoir and several other wetlands on the 1,600 acre Harris Center owned property supports breeding waterfowl and other wetland birds. The woodlands support bobcat, bear, white-tailed deer, turkey, and several songbirds including veery, red-eyed vireo, scarlet tanager, and many others.
Directions: From US Route 9, turn onto US Route 123 South towards Hancock. Take your immediate left (0.1 miles) onto the Keene Concord Road. Travel 0.2 miles and follow the signs to the access road to the dam, which is on your right.
DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 26, K3
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