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Dumpling Brook Wildlife Management Area


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Town: Merrimack and Bedford

County: Hillsborough

Acres: 188

Acquisition History: Dumpling Brook WMA is made up of thirteen tracts which were acquired between 1947 and 1953 primarily to provide a water source for the Department's Reed's Ferry Fish Hatchery.  A half-acre land swap in 1978 reestablished public access after the property became landlocked by the construction of the F.E. Everett Turnpike.

Description: Dumpling Brook WMA is bordered by residential neighborhoods, commercial development, and the Everett Turnpike Highway.  The property is generally flat and dominated by pine-oak-maple forests crossed by a few small streams and powerline rights of way.  The Merrimack River flows nearby to the east. 

Common Wildlife:  Deer, fox, turkey, and a mix of songbirds including wood thrush are common.  You will find prairie warblers, indigo buntings, and eastern towhees are common on the powerlines.  A 2014 timber harvest focused on creating young forest and enhancing understory cover to add to the diversity of habitats on the property.

Special Notes:  Dumpling Brook was once a part of the Department's Reed’s Ferry Fish Hatchery.  In the mid 1950’s the expansion and realignment of Route 3 bisected the facilities.  The Department sold the hatchery and used the sale proceeds to purchase and build the Milford Fish Hatchery.

Directions: From either Route 3 or Exit 12 off of the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack, take Bedford Road west.  Take the first right onto Back River Road.  There is a parking area on the right, after Norm’s Transmission Service.

DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 22, D 2




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