The 308 acre Trumbull Pond conservation easement, located on the southerly side of White Plains Road in Webster and a small section of Schoodac Road in Warner, completes the fourth phase of a total 1,203 acres protected in Warner and Webster by the Courser Family. The Trumbull Pond project was a partnership with Ausbon Sargent, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), The NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate Program), the Open Space Institute’s (OSI), the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and other public and private donors. Ausbon Sargent holds this easement and the seven other Courser family easements that spanned four phases, for a total of 1,203 acres.
The Trumbull Pond easement conserves almost a mile of frontage on Schoodac Brook and nearly two-thirds of the shorefront on Trumbull Pond. The land is predominantly forested, with significant wetlands associated with Schoodac Brook and Trumbull Pond. The property provides critical habitat and buffer for three wildlife species of special conservation concern and is part of a much larger ecosystem/habitat area covering several thousand acres.
When the easement was placed on the property in 2010, the property was being managed for forest products, maple syrup, wildlife habitat and low impact recreation. The property is open to the public for pedestrian recreational uses. The protection of over 1,200 acres of Courser Family land in the Schoodac Brook area consolidates a vital wildlife corridor. These complicated land transactions could not have happened without the foresight and generosity of the Courser Family, and financial support from nine private and public sources. We are grateful to them all for helping make this project possible.
The seven easements on Courser land are: Mud Pond Warner, Mud Pond Webster, Farm, Remainder Farm, Poverty Plains, Knights Meadow Marsh, and Trumbull Pond.