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What's New at the Sand Hill Reservoir?


Bart's Bench

Bart Hunter carved a bench out of an Ash tree at the Reservoir's new parking lot site. When asked where he planned to put it, he said,”Right here!” Took him 2 days to carve the seating that will accommodate Wilton residents waiting for friends or a ride.

Volunteers planted 300 native trees and shrubs over the weekend in phase 1 of the restoration after logging the red pine.

Trail work is under way. Workers have been greeted by millions of pollywogs, a Northern Water snake and a Garter snake. Both are harmless and quite beautiful.

Town crews will be building the parking area and the conservation commission will be seeding the trail beds so they can be mowed and maintained. More benches carved from fallen trees and a secret chair, carved by Commissioner and Forester, Patrick Kenney, will provide a welcome resting spot for hikers.

Bart's Bench with Deer

The Wilton Conservation Commission presents:

Photo of rocks, moss, and ferns under Garwin Falls

A Closer Look at Wilton’s Wild Things,
a photo collage by
photographer Bart Hunter and author Nikki Andrews

Your Wilton Conservation Commission (WCC) is responsible for protecting the farms, forests, wetlands, scenic vistas and historic resources that are such an important part of the overall character of our community.

Part of our charter is to educate our citizens about conservation issues and to provide access to public lands for recreation. Placing Blue Dragon Flyland in conservation doesn’t mean it’s "off limits". On the contrary, conserved lands are available to the public for their use and enjoyment. In Wilton, 69% of our town is in Current Use or designated as conservation land. That protection keeps us a small rural community with beautiful open spaces, clean water and abundant wildlife.

NH RSA-36-A:2 outlines what conservation commissions do for their towns and the state. In Wilton, the Conservation Commission (WCC) consists of 7 appointed residents, nominated by the commission, approved by the select board, and after taking a sworn oath, serving for a 3 year term.

In Wilton, your commission’s charter is centered around five activities: Advice, Coordination, Education, Protection and Stewardship.   

The Wilton Conservation Commission is a member of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions (NHACC), "a nonprofit conservation organization that provides education and assistance to New Hampshire's local conservation commissions."

The commissioners are all volunteers. We depend on townspeople to work on projects and expand our capabilities. We need people to work on trails, monitor wildlife habits and native flora Geese Sand Hill Reservoirin the face of climate change. We need people to help raise funds for projects, work events, do presentations, pick up trash on roadways, or count cottontail rabbits and become citizen scientists. Would you consider volunteering with the Conservation Commission? Attending meetings is not required and we'd appreciate as much or as little time as you're willing to offer.

The Wilton Conservation Commission is only seven people; conservation takes a village.

Do you have a suggestion, question, or comment? Contact the Conservation Commission.

Board Members

Name Title/Term Expires
H. Alan Preston Chair (2024)
Nikki Andrews
Member (2024)
Jennifer S. Beck Member (2025)
Patrick Kenney Member (2024)
W. Bart Hunter Emeritus
William G. Mahar Member (2024)
Leslie P. Tallarico Emeritus/Alternate
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