With sweeping views of New Hampshire's western ridgelines, this conserved forest offers a sound, long-term timber opportunity enhanced by a scenic, 4-acre building lot located within minutes of Ragged Mountain Ski Area.
The property is located in the small, country town of Wilmot (population 1,400), formerly part of nearby New London, home to Colby-Sawyer College and a vibrant main street of small shops and businesses. Ragged Mountain Ski Area is less than five miles away in the adjacent town of Danbury. The state capital of Concord, NH is approximately 20 minutes southwest via backroads or nearby Interstate 89.
Access is provided by the town-maintained New Canada Road, a well-maintained gravel road that bisects the parcel. Electric power and utilities extend along this road from Route 4 up to the parcel boundary, less than a mile from pavement.
The topography ranges from nearly flat along the central road to moderately steep just shy of the Buswell Ridges on the east side – offering outstanding western views from the top of this ridge. The terrain on the west side of New Canada Road slopes down to a small brook that flows along the northern boundary. Overall, soils are well-drained, including the 4-acre building lot, and suited for year-round forestry operations.
A December 2015 timber inventory conducted by the seller indicates a mix of hemlock, white pine, red oak, spruce/fir and other miscellaneous hardwoods. Capital timber value is estimated at $370,300 or $528/acre with a property-wide volume of 19.2 cords/acre. Additional details, including raw cruise data, is available upon request.
With the exception of two small, unrestricted lots, the tract is conserved by a “working forest” easement held by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The primary purposes of the easement are to “assure that the property is retained forever in its undeveloped, scenic, and open space condition; (and) preserve the land for outdoor recreation.” There can be no development on the property with the exception of ancillary structures (barns, sugar shacks, etc.) related to agriculture or forestry activities. The landowner reserves the right to post against any motorized vehicular access and hunting in certain areas around livestock and agricultural cropland, including Christmas trees, and during timber harvesting operations.
Forestry and agricultural management activities shall be conducted under “current scientifically based practices recommended by the “US Cooperative Extension” or other private or public natural resource management entities. The conservation easement is compatible with managing a small timberland investment that will allow for reasonable financial returns while practicing sound forestry.