The Pondicherry Division, at 6,405 acres, is located in Jefferson, Whitefield, and Carroll, New Hampshire, 5 miles south of Lancaster, New Hampshire, and twelve miles northwest of Mount Washington.
This area, including Cherry and Little Cherry Ponds and the surrounding complex of wetlands and swamps, has long been known for its high quality habitat and rich, diverse assemblage of wildlife species, particularly birds. In 2004, the Pondicherry area was designated the first Important Bird Area in New Hampshire for its rich variety of breeding and migrating birds.
Within the bounds of the division are three ponds (Cherry Pond, Little Cherry Pond, and Mud Pond), and a complex mix of habitats including boreal forests, forested bogs, northern hardwoods/conifers, riparian communities, an abundance of early successional vegetation, and open water. This concentration of diverse, high quality habitats acts as a magnet to wildlife.
There are five trails located within the Pondicherry Division. The Mud Pond Trail is a 0.6 mile wheelchair accessible trail. The Little Cherry Pond Trail, the Shore Path Trail, and the Rampart Path are located in the center of the division and are accessible from the Presidential Recreational Trail managed by the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails. This rail-trail can be accessed from trail heads on Airport Road and Route 115A in Jefferson.
Pondicherry has been recognized for its ecological importance through its designation as National Natural Landmark. Two of the trails (Little Cherry Pond Trail and Mud Pond Trail) are National Recreation Trails.
This division is open to the public for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, and interpretation.
American black duck, American woodcock, Canada warbler, wood thrush, blackburnian warbler, gray jay, black-backed woodpecker, boreal chickadee, hermit thrush, alder flycatcher, palm warbler, broad-winged hawk, golden-crowned kinglet, wood duck, northern waterthrush, American redstart, mourning warbler, cedar waxwing, pine siskin, northern goshawk.
Black bear, moose, white-tailed deer, beaver, northern bog lemming, snowshoe hare.
Eastern brook trout, chain pickerel, northern red-bellied dace.