The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, the Bradford Conservation Commission, and the Rural Heritage Connection of Bradford would like your help in raising funds to protect a property on East Washington Road, we are calling “The Bradford Bog Headwaters” (BBH). This property is an ecologically valuable 67-acre parcel in Bradford that is within the “Quabbin to Mount Cardigan” (Q2C) conservation focus area of national importance. In their Natural Resources Conservation Service Brochure, the US Department of Agriculture identifies this section of land as “one of the largest ecologically significant forest blocks in New England, with connectivity encompassing approximately two million acres along a 100 mile swath.” And we have an opportunity to protect it!
The BBH project is comprised of a vigorous regenerating woodland area, which is valuable to threatened wildlife; its pristine waters flow into the nearby Abenaki ancient healing springs site, the Atlantic white cedar bog and wildflower sanctuary, and the Merrimack river watershed. The parcel is ranked highest for wildlife habitat in the NH Wildlife Action Plan; both mammals and amphibians traverse over the property as a land bridge between abutting forested tracts. See a short video of the Bradford Bog, created by Peter Bloch of EarthAerial Productions. This is a property, protected by an Ausbon Sargent Conservation Easement, is one of the properties which will be further protected through the completion of this project.
Protecting this valuable property, with its rejuvenating forest and important waterbody will expand ideal habitat for avian species in greatest need of conservation in New Hampshire. Among these are the Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock, and the Purple Finch (the State bird). Songbirds, such as the Redstart, Canada Warbler, Scarlet Tanager and Baltimore Oriole are among those that migrate epic distances to seek breeding grounds like the BBH. According to P.D. Hunt’s The State of the Birds, of the 190 bird species breeding in New Hampshire, 81 are decreasing at an alarming rate.
In addition to the property being ideal for birds, it is also a wonderful oasis for butterflies and other pollinators. Beavers have taken advantage of water flowing from Haystack Mountain to build a series of dams; the ponds they’ve created host Wood Ducks, migrating waterfowl and the American Toad. Moose moving through may browse on sapling twigs and plunge into the refreshing pond. A rocky cliff offers possible habitat for bobcats; dense thickets below allow a hiding spot for their favorite prey, the Snowshoe Hare.
Preserving this land is an action we can take to help threatened wildlife flourish, expand wilderness tracts of highest ecological value, and protect our treasured landscape forever. We ask you to support this important work in partnership with us, to reach a common goal. DONATE TODAY!