On January 21, 2016, the JD McLeod Company, Inc. donated a 24.72-acre parcel of land in fee to Ausbon Sargent. The McLeod land donation represents the fourth property that Ausbon Sargent owns.
Not only is this property a valuable addition of protected land, but it also has nearly 900 feet of frontage on the scenic Northern Rail Trail. This mostly forested property is highly ranked for wildlife habitat and also has extensive water resources including a perennial stream that flows through a wetlands area along the western boundary of the acreage. The McLeod property was protected with the assistance of the Town of Andover Conservation Commission and the acreage was given to Ausbon Sargent with no restrictions. It will be managed for the public benefit, as is the intention of the Ausbon Sargent mission.
With the addition of the McLeod property, Ausbon Sargent now protects 138 properties comprising 11,091 acres in its 12-town area of operation.