Susan Bon Preserve at Whittemore Hill

Monument honoring Susan Bon at the northeastern corner of the preserve

New Ipswich, NH
47 acres
Forever-Wild Easement; Completed Project

At the end of 2013, Northeast Wilderness Trust received a forever-wild easement on 47 acres just a half mile north of the Massachusetts border, at the corner of Ashby Road and Whittemore Hill Road in the town of New Ipswich, NH. Mary and Anthony Bon donated the easement in honor of the late Susan Bon, whose last wishes were for her much-cherished forest to become a wildland sanctuary.

The entire parcel is forested with a mosaic of mixed stands of softwoods and hardwoods. Much of the land is dominated by a hemlock-hardwood-white pine forest community. Red oak and red maple are the dominant hardwoods; sugar maple, hickory, white ash, basswood, American beech, black cherry, yellow birch, black birch, and paper birch also occupy this diverse forest. Near the summit of Whittemore Hill are blueberry bushes and an interesting suite of conifers, with eastern red cedar, ground juniper, red spruce, and pitch pine joining eastern hemlock and eastern white pine. The preserve also contains an eight-acre lowland spruce stand and a two-acre field with old apple trees that is being reclaimed by succession. Many stone walls can be found on the property and visitors may see evidence of a small ski area that was operated on the land more than 60 years ago.

In addition to the easement donation—which will ensure that the land remains forever free of roads, motors, logging, and development—the Bon family donated the property itself to the Monadnock Conservancy. We are pleased to be working with the Monadnock Conservancy and the Bon family to protect this land.

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