The Wendell Marsh South property adds 143.4 acres of protected property to the previously protected 136.4 acres of Wendell Marsh North which was conserved in 2013. Additionally, the Wendell Marsh Expansion was conserved three years later in 2018, protecting another 39.5 acres of the area. As with the neighboring conserved lands, this property is important because it protects the water quality of Wendell Marsh and the Sugar River.
The property has over 480 feet of frontage on the Sugar River and also protects a floodplain forest which is a valuable wildlife habitat. There are wellheads on the property that could be used in the future for municipal water production for the Town of Sunapee. Existing trails on Wendell Marsh South are available for low impact recreation and there is a snowmobile trail that traverses the property. Trail Map of the Wendell Marsh Recreational Trails.
The Wendell Marsh South property is owned by the Town of Sunapee and managed by the Sunapee Conservation Commission. Ausbon Sargent is the conservation easement holder and is responsible for perpetual stewardship. This resource has been protected with the assistance from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). In addition to LCHIP, this project received generous support from the Town of Sunapee, the voters in Sunapee, the Sunapee Conservation Commission, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Fields Pond Foundation, and many private donors who appreciate the value of the marsh.