Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


Loverens Mill Preserve: Atlantic White Cedar Swamp



Description: Pollen studies have revealed that Atlantic white cedar has been present for more than 4,000 years at this remarkable preserve. The present-day cedar swamp supports trees that are over 100 years old. The three-mile trail travels through the southeastern portion of the 362-acre preserve, and provides boardwalk access into the inland Atlantic white cedar swamp community, and close-up views of the North Branch of the Contoocook River and associated wetlands. The Nature Conservancy purchased Loverens Mill Cedar Swamp in December 1998
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Directions:
From Rte. 9 between Routes 123N and 31S, turn north on Loverens Mill Road, cross the bridge, and park in the area on the right. The preserve is located along a dirt road across the road, and slightly north of the parking area. It is marked by a sign. Follow this road 0.25 miles to the preserve trailhead, which is marked by a sign.

Landowner:
The Nature Conservancy

Images (hold mouse over image for caption)

The exemplary inland Atlantic white cedar swamp community at Loverens Mill Preserve (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Rhododendron viscosum (swamp azalea) grows in profusion throughout the swamp (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Fish and Game site kiosk at parking for Loverens Mill Cedar Swamp Preserve (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)TNC's Loverens Mill Cedar Swamp Preserve entrance sign (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Cypripedium acaule (pink lady's slipper) can be seen in the surrounding upland forest in June (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic white cedar) tree bark (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) The rare inland Atlantic white cedar swamp community (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

A dense layer of spongy Sphagnum moss carpets the ground in the swamp (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) The North Branch of the Contoocook River (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Herbaceous plant layer at the base of an Atlantic white cedar tree (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) The boardwalk trail in the cedar swamp (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Iris versicolor (northern blue flag) near the entrance to Loverens Mill Preserve (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Link: Preserve page for NH TNC
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