Hollis to mark gift of 21 acres of wetlands

HOLLIS – Townspeople are invited to a Saturday morning ceremony dedicating a gift to the town of 21 acres of wetlands on either side of Witches Spring Brook, off South Merrimack Road.

The 15-minute dedication of the Siergiewicz Conservation Land is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Witches Spring Brook feeds the aquifer to the Pennichuck water supply, providing drinking water for Nashua.

It’s also considered one of the most prolific trout springs in southern New Hampshire, said Tom Dufresne, chairman of the town Conservation Commission.

Trout fishing here is of the catch and release variety, and the state Fish and Game Department surveys the spring every several years, Dufresne said.

“It’s unusual to have a trout stream self-producing,” Dufresne said. “Most are stocked.”

Fly fisherman who try their luck in the local spring have been known to catch small trout, 4 to 5 inches long.

On Saturday morning, when officials and townspeople gather to dedicate the land and celebrate the generous gift of the Siergiewicz family, they will need to focus on getting into the swamp and will have to leave the fishing for another day.

“Park on the street and walk into the swamp,” Dufresne said, observing that the brook runs along Route 122, the length of the town.

Dufresne said guests attending the dedication are invited to park in the Hollis Machine parking lot across the street from the property.

A sign made by local Girl Scout Troop 1044 will mark the spot, he added.