Ausbon Sargent Begins Campaign to Protect Grantham Property

Ausbon Sargent has started a campaign to raise funds to protect 151 acres on Route 114 in Grantham, which abut the protected Reney Memorial Forest. This property is called "Byron Barton Woods" and it provides beautiful scenic views visible across from the rest area on I-89 in Springfield. The NH Wildlife Action Plan shows a portion of this property as ranking high for significant wildlife habitat, which includes rare cliffs and talus slope. The landscape is a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees with good soils for long-term forest resiliency. As part of the Sugar River watershed, this property will aid in the protection of this important resource. Lastly, there is an opportunity for low-impact recreation along the existing snowmobile trail, and future trails that can tie into the 400-acre Reney Memorial Forest. We hope you will find value in this property that not only protects our treasured wildlife, but also our important watershed, and beautiful scenic vistas for those traveling through our region.

Click HERE to make a tax deductible donation to this important project. Make sure to select "Land Project" and then "Byron Barton Woods."  Checks may be sent to: ASLPT at: PO Box 2040, New London NH 03257 with "Byron Barton" in the memo line.   Funding from private donors like you is vital to the protection of the Byron Barton Woods property.

Ausbon Sargent Protects 145 Acres in Salisbury!

Ausbon Sargent is pleased to celebrate Earth Day by announcing the protection of the McLaughlin Property, located just over the Andover town line. Although Salisbury is not one of the 12 towns we generally serve, it was close enough to Andover (within our region) and had such high agricultural values, that proved it was a worthy project to complete! This property is primarily forested and is undeveloped. It is highly ranked for wildlife habitat in the Wildlife Action Plan and in the State for habitat in the biological region. It connects two large tracts of conserved land, and will help to protect the water resources in the area, as it contains open water, wetlands and streams. The property has over 2,000 feet of frontage on Montgomery Road, which is a Class VI road that is used as a dedicated snowmobile corridor. The property is open for public access for low-impact recreation. Read more about this property HERE.

Learn to be a Conservation Easement Monitor!

Each year, Ausbon Sargent is required to walk the bounds of each of its 167 properties to insure that the terms of the easement language is being upheld. With over 13,500 acres under our protection, this is no small task! Volunteer easement monitors help to do this job, which entails using a map and compass, walking the bounds, taking notes and reporting back to our Stewardship Manager. It is a great way to learn more about Ausbon Sargent properties while also helping to complete this important function of the Land Trust. To become a monitor, a bit of training is required, and is offered on two different days (you only need to attend one day). Our upcoming training will be on Wednesday, June 5th from 1-4pm, or Tuesday, June 11th from 1-4pm. Space is available in both sessions, so sign up today! Contact: apayeur@ausbonsargent.org to sign up!