History of Protecting the Quincy Bog

FoundersThreatened by a developer seeking to fill the bog and sell it for house lots, Quincy Bog was acquired by a group of Rumney residents in 1974 to insure its preservation as a natural area. Led by naturalist and avid bird watcher George N. “Joe” Kent, the group incorporated as Rumney Ecological Systems, a non-profit organization whose directors administer the reserve. In 1976, with assistance from the Nature Conservancy, Rumney Ecological Systems purchased additional land bordering the Bog, establishing the Quincy Bog Natural Area. A nature trail was established, along which Joe led frequent bird and plant walks.

To further the fledgling organization’s educational and research goals, in 1977 Rumney Ecological Systems received a matching grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to build a Nature Center. The center was completed in 1978 and dedicated to the memory of Hobart Van Deusen, former Curator of Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, an early supporter of efforts to save the Bog. The nature center includes a meeting room with a library, a small office/work room, and an expansive porch overlooking Quincy Bog.

In 1998 Rumney Ecological Systems was able to purchase the remaining private land along the Bog perimeter, funded by contributions from directors, individual supporters of the Bog and private foundations. This acquisition ensured full protection of Quincy Bog and allowed the completion of the nature trail so that visitors could circumnavigate the Bog without using public roads.

More recently, recognizing that the Quincy Bog Natural Area does not exist in isolation, two additional properties were acquired that impact the Bog. In 2002 the Nature Conservancy transferred to Rumney Ecological Systems 91acres of upland forest which lie to the east of and just one property removed from the Bog. The undeveloped woodlot gives rise to streams that flow into Quincy Bog. In June of 2003 the State of New Hampshire donated the Baker State Forest to Rumney Ecological Systems. Abutting the west side of the Bog, the 5-acre demonstration forest has been added to the Quincy Bog Natural Area.