Acquired in the spring of 2011, the Bell Tract is our newest addition to the growing Pawtuckaway River Reservation, a corridor of forestland along the Pawtuckaway River in Epping and Raymond.
The conservation of the Bell Tract was also long a goal of the owner Virginia Bell, who unfortunately passed away in October 2010 prior to the successful protection of her much-loved land. Ginia, as she was known, called her property Wintergreen Woods and even hand drew an accurate topographic map when she first bought the property in 1980, showing the wetlands, beaver flows, and trails.
“Ginia loved the land,” explains her niece Beth Hostetter. “She knew every inch….each rock, tree, where and when the wintergreen came up, what route the wild turkeys would take, how many beavers there were. Ginia was excited to be part of the Southeast Land Trust and her family is proud to be a small part in honoring her wishes to protect her land.”
Now, as part of the Land Trust’s larger Pawtuckaway River Reservation, the Bell Tract will now be managed and stewarded for wildlife habitat, water quality, and public outdoor recreation.
The Pawtuckaway is one of the Lamprey River’s cleanest tributaries, beginning at Pawtuckaway Lake and connecting with the Lamprey in west Epping. The Pawtuckaway River is located within a core focus area of the Land Conservation Plan for New Hampshire’s Coastal Watershed, a publicly-created blueprint that identified large blocks of land throughout the region as top priorities for land conservation due to water quality, wildlife, and ecological benefits.