Alexandria family earmarks almost 500 acres for conservation

Staff report | May 28. 2013 10:16PM

The Butman land in Alexandria includes a network of trails through woodlands and up to the peak of Hutchins Hill. (COURTESY)

ALEXANDRIA — A family has earmarked nearly 500 acres of hilltop and road frontage land in Alexandria for conservation, in part to commemorate a man who spent decades building trails on the land.

"Dad was always going off into the woods. He really loved this land a lot," said Marcia Butman, whose father, Bob Butman of Concord, Mass., acquired the property in 1964. "He really appreciated the peace and beauty of the forest."

The property includes the peak of Hutchins Hill and a mile of undeveloped frontage on Washubrn Road.

Ms. Butman and her siblings donated a conservation easement of the property to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

The Forest Society noted the high wildlife habitat value of the land. Evidence exists of its use by bear, moose, coyote, deer and turkeys.

The land abuts and enlarges a 990-acre property owned by New Forestry LLC and conserved with an easement held by the state Department of Resources and Economic Development, and it is close to conserved lands on Mount Cardigan.

The easement will also help to protect the water quality of Newfound Lake by conserving several streams that drain into Patten Brook, a tributary of the lake, the Forest Society said.

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