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Conner Farm Wildlife Management Area in Exeter NH Gets New Parking Area

EXETER, NH -- The Conner Farm Wildlife Management Area in  Exeter will be getting a new parking area the week of September 8.  Construction is expected to occur September  9-12.  The WMA will remain open to the  public during this time.

The new parking area will be gravel and will accommodate 8-10 vehicles. It will be ready for the fall pheasant hunt, which begins October 1, a popular pursuit on the WMA. The existing parking area will remain open at this time for public parking, but is expected to be fenced off later this year.

Five acres around the historic Conner Farm homestead,  including the existing parking area, is in the process of being subdivided and  conveyed to a descendant of the Conner family who has plans for restoring the  old farmhouse.

"We are delighted that Mr. Conner has stepped forward  with an interest in purchasing the historic Conner farmhouse," said Glenn  Normandeau, Executive Director of the Fish and Game Department.  "I can't think of a better situation than to  have a descendant of the original owners purchase the house and restore it to  its original condition."

Once Conner attains ownership, the public will no longer  have pedestrian access to where the buildings are located.  Visitors will access the WMA on foot through  a gate at the back of the new parking area.

"Although the new parking area will be smaller than the  original, we will monitor the situation and will consider adding more parking  spaces in the future, based on available funding and what we see for hunting  pressure this year," Normandeau said.  Wildlife Restoration Program

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's system of 90  Wildlife Management Areas, encompassing more than 52,000 acres across the  state, are managed to improve and/or restore habitats for wildlife to aid in  maintaining the state's native biodiversity, and to provide appropriate public  access to Fish and Game lands for public recreational use of the state's fish  and wildlife resources.


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