, Derry, New Hampshire

February 13, 2014

Derry adds another conservation parcel

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — The town officially has one more piece of conservation land to call its own.

Town councilors put their official stamp of approval on the 67-acre Collette’s Mountain land donation.

The property is made up of two parcels at 1 Collette’s Grove and 10 Collette’s Grove. It was donated to the town by the heirs of Joseph Collette and is now officially on the books as another piece of conservation land.

Conservation Commission Chairman Margie Ives told councilors at a meeting Feb. 4 that the new parcel is a welcome addition to the town’s list of conservation and other protected lands.

“It’s wonderful that the heirs agreed to this,” she said. “It’s one wonderful gift.”

The land’s location is good, she said, because it abuts conservation land in Hampstead and there is access from the town-owned Webber Forest land.

Ives said the process to acquire the land took several years; many heirs that were involved in the process.

The land will now come off the town’s tax rolls, Ives said.

Councilors said it was a good deal.

“It’s a very unique, very different than our other properties,” Councilor Neil Wetherbee said. “It’s wonderful that the heirs of the Collette family have decided to donate this to the town.”

Councilor Tom Cardon said he has hiked the property many times.

“Nice job, it’s a great place,” he said.

Restrictions on the land include no ATVs or dirt bikes and no building or development.

Uses that are allowed include hiking, camping, showshoeing, cross-country skiing, hunting and other recreational uses.

Ives said the family wanted hunting to continue to be allowed on the land.