In addition to the significant frontage on the Isinglass River, the Hanson Lot supports myriad wetlands – vernal pools, beaver flowages, forested swamps, meadow marshes, and scrub-shrub wetlands. These are embedded within a hemlock – oak – beech - pine forest that was heavily logged in 1998. A plan to build a large 58- to 70-lot residential subdivision on the property was averted by the acquisition of the Hanson Lot as permanent conservation land. The Bedford property is also mostly wooded; the forest was carefully managed by previous owners and therefore retains a mix of tree species and ages. Together the properties are embedded within a 1,800-acre block of undeveloped lands that offers habitat for wide-ranging wildlife, protects water quality, and provides unique recreational experiences. A woods road runs through both properties, used by snowmobilers, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. The river corridor is a popular fishing destination.
Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
Strafford Conservation Commission
Snyder, Ellen and Sperduto, Dan, "Stewardship Plan Isinglass River Conservation Reserve, Strafford, NH" (2010). PREP Reports & Publications. 124.