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Herbert L Webster Wildlife Management Area


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Town: Canaan

County: Grafton

Acreage: 91


Acquisition History: The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department accepted a gift of land from the Webster Family in 1974 and designated it as the “Herbert L. Webster Memorial Flood Plain Protection and Wildlife Management Area,” in memory of the family’s father.



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Description: Mascoma River, Crystal Lake Brook, and a rail trail make up the bounds of the H.L. Webster WMA. NH Route 4 bisects the southern portion of the property. A red maple floodplain forest follows north along the Mascoma River where it joins a large emergent marsh associated with Crystal Lake Brook. Natural succession of an old gravel pit reverting to an emergent wetland can be seen in the southwestern part of the property. Much of the upland is balsam fir or hemlock/hardwood/pine forest with an approximately 2 ½ acre regenerating aspen stand.


Common Wildlife: Common wildlife species include white-tailed deer, black bear, turkey, woodcock, and snowshoe hare. Veery, wood thrush, Canada warblers and a variety of other songbirds may be seen here as well as many species of reptiles and amphibians.


Directions: H.L. Webster WMA may be accessed from NH Route 4. Parking may be found at the entrance of a blocked access road approximately 8/10 of a mile west of Mascoma Valley Regional High School. Although located on the shores of the Mascoma River, there is no canoe or boat access on this property. An NHFG owned canoe/car top landing is available on the opposite side of Route 4.


DeLorme NH Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 34, A 2




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