By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — The town has a new conservation property to call its own.
A 67-acre property near Collette’s Grove is Derry’s newest land acquisition, according to Conservation Commission officials.
Conservation Commission Chairman Margie Ives said she is very excited about the prospect of receiving the land and called the property a wonderful gift for the town.
“All the papers are signed and approved,” she said.
The land comes from the family of Joseph Collette. Another notable Collette, Paul, was the first mayor of Derry and was instrumental in working on a major Derry Public Library expansion.
A meeting room at the library is named in his memory.
Ives said a lot of work went into researching the Collette property, tracking down the family heirs and doing all the detail work to get the deal underway.
Restrictions on the property may include no dirt bikes or ATVs. Only trails for hiking, camping, walking and hunting would be allowed.
No building or development would be allowed, Ives said.
The land is more unique than any other town-owned conservation property as the hill is hundreds of feet above sea level.
The property will be featured in a nature walk event later this year.
Other town-owned conservation lands include Broadview Farm, Weber town forest, Cole Marsh, the Albert W. Doolittle property and Corneliusen Farm.
Ives said she is excited to have the new property join the list.
“We are looking forward to introducing the property to the people of Derry,” Ives said.