Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


Dahl Sanctuary



Description:
Visitors to the Dahl Sanctuary can experience a wide variety of habitats at this site along the Saco River in Conway. The Sanctuary is a 60-acre property along the Saco River near the intersection of Routes 16 and 302 in Conway. It is owned and managed as a wildlife sanctuary by New Hampshire Audubon,and the Natural Resources Conservation Service holds a conservation easement through the Wetlands Reserve Program.

The sanctuary is bordered by the Saco River, retail and outlet stores, Route 16, and a private campground. Primary access to the site is via a trail that starts at the southeast corner of the L.L. Bean Retail Store parking lot on Route 16.
The property was donated to NH Audubon by Helen and Ruth Dahl in 1988. Used as farmland throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, the Dahl Sanctuary is now used primarily for open space and wildlife habitat. It includes a wide variety of habitats, including wooded shoreline on the Saco River, a large gravel barren, silver maple floodplain forest, old oxbow channels, upland softwood forests, open fields, and early successional shrub and grassland habitats. Several of the natural community types are rare in the state, and two rare plant species occur. The Dahl Sanctuary is an excellent place to observe wildlife like birds, amphibians, and mammals, and it is open for public exploration on a year round basis.

Directions: From Conway, travel north on Rte. 16 to the junction with Rte. 302. Turn left at the light into the parking lot for L.L. Bean. The trailhead is to the left, at the edge of the woods at the far end of the parking lot. Please try to park as close to the trailhead as possible.

Landowner: NH Audubon


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Images (hold mouse over image for caption)

hudsonia - silverling river channel community at the Dahl Sanctuary (photo by Ben Kimball)
hudsonia - silverling river channel community at the Dahl Sanctuary (photo by Ben Kimball)

silverling at the Dahl Sanctuary (photo by Ben Kimball)
silverling at the Dahl Sanctuary (photo by Ben Kimball)

hairy hudsonia at the Dahl Sanctuary (photo by Ben Kimball)
hairy hudsonia at the Dahl Sanctuary (photo by Ben Kimball)

 
hudsonia - silverling river channel community at the Dahl Sanctuary (photo by Ben Kimball)

silver maple floodplain forest community at the Dahl Sanctuary (photo by Ben Kimball)
silver maple - false nettle - sensitive fern floodplain forest community
at the Dahl Sanctuary in Conway (photo by Ben Kimball)


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