Dustin Easement, Hopkinton
Five Rivers’ file photo
This newly conserved property links two parcels of the Bohanan Farm which were conserved in 2010, creating a contiguous conserved landscape of 449 acres. Conserved in November of 2014, the Dustin property is almost completely forested. One area near the road was most recently pasture and is now a nearly pure stand of white pine. Most of the property is upland forest consisting of a mixture of scattered larger white pines with some red oak above an understory of smaller oak, red maple, beech and birch. There is a flood plain forest near the river consisting of silver maple with some elm and abundant shrubs. There is a hemlock stand near the stream.
The property has an outstanding wildlife habitat value due to its varied habitats and proximity to the river. The NH Wildlife Action Plan shows this property as abutting and supporting some of the highest ranked habitats in the region.
Wetland areas are near the river and include over 1,600 feet of frontage on the Contoocook River. The property has over 825 feet of scenic frontage along Dustin Road.
Ken and Ilene Stern