Dating back to the 1800’s, four contiguous pieces of land near Mason Hill and Brown Roads in Warner had been owned by members of the Brown family. After being bought and sold over time, the Browns finally assembled the properties once again and, in 2017, approached Ausbon Sargent to help them protect their 133.39-acre property. Their wish was to make sure that the land stayed together as a working farm, forever.
This rich property boasts 1,700 feet of frontage on the Frazier Brook, a major tributary to Schoodac Brook, and includes a large area of wetlands along this waterbody. It is adjacent to other protected properties and helps to expand a corridor of land from Warner through Salisbury and into Andover and Webster important for the migration of various species. The Brown property will remain managed as a working farm for agriculture, timber and maple syrup production and it will remain open for low-impact public recreation. The land is made up of 10 acres of wetlands, 20 acres of fields, and 103.39 acres of forest.
Funding for this property was made possible through a “bargain sale” by the Brown family, and protected with assistance from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. Funding also came from the Fields Pond Foundation, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Warner Conservation Commission. The remainder of the necessary funding came from an anonymous grant and through private donations.
On the evening of May 4, 2018, however, a powerful storm front, later confirmed as a tornado, swept across NH. The most extensive damage was inflicted on a few properties in the town of Warner. The Brown Family's Frazier Brook Farm had hundreds of trees that were blown over as though they were matchsticks. Most of the toppled trees were full-grown pines and oaks. By the next day, Nate Brown, a co-owner of Frazier Brook Farm, began boarding out the fallen timber and estimated that he will take out 3/4 million board feet of wood. Though a timber project such as this should have been managed over many years as these trees matured, the Browns acted quickly and were able to achieve some gain from this tragic natural disaster.
On October 25, 2018, members of the Brown family, Nathan Brown, Allan Brown, Betty Brown and Carol Howard, signed the easement to complete the project.