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Hubbard Farms Wildlife Management Area and Cartop Boat Access to Be Gated Due to Vandalism

Contact:
Jim Oehler: (603) 271-2461
Garret Graaskamp: (603) 271-1748

October 19, 2016

WALPOLE, NH - The NH Fish and Game Department will erect a gate near the entrance of the Hubbard Farms Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in North Walpole, NH. The gate will be installed during the first week of November and will remain closed until further notice, restricting vehicular access to the WMA. As the property also provides access to the Connecticut River for paddle craft, parking for three to four cars will be created near the road to afford continued access for pedestrians and paddle craft activities. American's with Disabilities Act-compliant access will be available around the gate.

 

The Hubbard Farms WMA has suffered vandalism, habitat damage and extensive inappropriate use over the last several years. The activities have resulted in destroyed sensitive riverine and floodplain habitat, as well as crop damage to approved agricultural endeavors. The gate is being installed by the Department in its fiduciary role to protect the public's valuable investment in conservation at this location.

 

Fish and Game's State Lands Habitat Program is primarily funded through federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration and habitat stamp funds (the $2.50 check-off on hunting licenses). The program acquires lands to add to its system of Wildlife Management Areas, which are managed for wildlife and their habitats, and public access for hunting, trapping and other nature-based activities. For more information on how Wildlife Management Areas are managed, visit www.wildnh.com/habitat/improving.html. To find other WMAs near you, visit www.wildnh.com/maps/wma.html.

 

New Hampshire's Public Boat Access Program is funded through boat registration fees and federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration funds. Fish and Game's Facilities Construction and Lands Division acquires land for public water access sites, refurbishes existing sites and builds new public boat access areas. For more information on boating access locations in New Hampshire, visit www.wildnh.com/access/access-sites.html.


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