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 Announces Interim Executive Director

The Ausbon Sargent Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Andy Deegan "Land Protection Specialist" has been appointed Interim Executive Director of the organization. Andy has been with Ausbon Sargent for the last 15 years, and during his time here, has worked in stewardship, education, outreach, fundraising, grant writing, and land protection. Andy is a dedicated, thoughtful, and knowledgeable staff member who has Ausbon Sargent's best interests at heart. In addition to this appointment, Sue Andrews (former Operations Manager) has agreed to assist Andy and the office on a part-time basis. Board of Trustee members will provide additional guidance and support throughout this transition.

Ben Wallace has transitioned out of the role of Executive Director at Ausbon Sargent. We greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication that Ben brought to his role and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

The Board of Trustees and the staff at Ausbon Sargent look forward to this time of transition and view it as an opportunity for growth. The Board is confident that Andy's leadership, the addition of Sue Andrews, and the continued hard work of the staff will maintain Ausbon Sargent's reputation as one of the most effective and admired land trusts in New England. We appreciate your continued support of Ausbon Sargent, and we look forward to maintaining our close and strong relationship with you and with our community.

Lisa Andrews

Board Chair,
Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust

Ausbon Sargent Protects 5.12 Acres in Andover

Ausbon Sargent is happy to share that a conservation easement has been finalized on a 5.12-acre property in Andover, with frontage on the Northern Rail Trail, Route 11 and Sucker Brook. The McDonough property, owned by the Town of Andover, lies between two of Ausbon Sargent's existing easements. Nestled between the 54.25-acre Roger Hersey easement and the 41.77- acre Perry easement, the addition of this acreage creates just over 100 acres of contiguous protected land, which is important for wildlife movement in the region. This property also protects Sucker Brook, which flows into Webster Lake. With the addition of this acreage, Ausbon Sargent has now protected 13,546 acres of land in our region!