Phase Two of Boardwalk Completed at Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary in Sandwich

Posted on October 28, 2015
A view of the Sandwich Range of the White Mountains from the new boardwalk at the Alice Bemis Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo by Phil Brown.

A view of the Sandwich Range of the White Mountains from the new boardwalk at the Alice Bemis Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo by Phil Brown.

A conservation crew from the Student Conservation Association’s AmeriCorps program recently completed a 10-day service ‘hitch’ at NH Audubon’s Alice Bemis Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary in Sandwich. The goal of the project was straightforward, but not necessarily simple: to construct Phase II of a boardwalk into the wetland system that is the central ecological feature of this property. Working in wetlands can be challenging, but this crew of six young adults was able to extend the boardwalk over 100 linear feet to give visitors a more enjoyable experience with improved views and to bring them closer to nature. A visit to this short trail will convince you that the project was an unequivocal success.

The crew, NH Audubon’s second this season, was made possible through generous support from the Alfred Quimby Fund of Sandwich. NH Audubon hopes to complete a third and final phase of the Thompson boardwalk next summer, which includes plans for an expanded viewing platform and an upgraded upland trail that will meet ADA requirements, which will make it the first fully ‘accessible’ trail on a NH Audubon sanctuary. While recreation is currently limited to the main trail and boardwalk, plans to provide access to a 1-mile loop trail on the southern side of the sanctuary are underway.

This most recent work was completed just in time for hikers to enjoy peak fall foliage from the platform, as well as excellent bird migration – from merlins and mallards to sparrows and siskins. Stay tuned for more updates on the improved access on the Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary and for information about future field trips.