Merrymeeting Forest is a tranquil ridge-top forest overlooking Merrymeeting Lake. The property offers exceptional privacy, a well-managed timber resource, recreational trails, and a small field with sweeping views. Merrymeeting Lake is one of the larger pristine lakes that define New Hampshires scenic Lakes Region. New Durham is a small, rural town 20 minutes south of Lake Winnipesaukee and 28 miles to the southwest of capitol city of Concord. The forest enjoys good town road and right-of-way access via a variety of road types. A network of forest trails, both new and historical, traverse the property, offering ample interior access for enjoying a host of activities from forestry and farming to trail riding and hiking.
The forest encompasses a series of small ridges, varying in elevation, and interspersed with small valleys that create brooks between them. There are numerous potential building sites within the forest, although they would require clearing and road building. Views of Merrymeeting Lake are available at mid-slope through the recently-thinned forest and can be enhanced with further clearing. The southern tip of the property fronts 2,000 of Coldrain Pond, an 18-acre pond that is the highlight of the Coldrain Pond Wildlife Management Area, managed by the NH Fish and Game Department. The pond is a designated as a remote trout pond and is annually stocked with eastern brook trout.
An off-grid recreational camp is located just inside the field at the end of the Birch Hill Road extension. It is in good condition, is approximately 500 ft2 in size and has a shed roof attachment to shelter equipment. As the structure is built on posts, it could be easy to move to another location on the property where desired.
The forest has a long history of stewardship and decades of sustainable management have resulted in a well-stocked forest exhibiting a property-wide average of nearly 21 cords/acre, above the regional average, with good stem quality, and poised for vigorous growth over the next rotation cycle. Total capital timber value is calculated to be $1,929,300 ($958/acre). The forest is comprised of predominantly hardwood species led by red oak. The well-drained upland soils and western aspect clearly favor red oak and white pine and, therefore, these species should remain the focus of continued forest management. Timber markets for these desirable commercial species are currently good and expected to improve during the coming months as the construction economy gradually improves.
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