In 1949, property owner, Libby Trayner purchased her property on Shaker Street and Mountain Road near the New London/Sutton town line and moved with her parents to the home she built on the property. In 1988, Libby, who had no direct heirs, began having conversations with Debbie Stanley, Executive Director of The Ausbon Sargent Land Trust, about conserving her property. Since Libby was not sure if she would ever need to liquidate any of her land as she grew older, she chose to name Ausbon Sargent in her will, posthumously gifting the land trust an easement on any remaining property. Libby died on March 2, 2016, one month shy of her 101st birthday and Ausbon Sargent was well aware of Libby’s intentions for her land.
More information about Libby Trayner and her story can be found in our Summer 2016 Chatter here: https://www.ausbonsargent.org/newsletters/summer-2016
The protected Trayner property expands upon already conserved land in the area including the Esther Currier Wildlife Management Area at Low Plain, Ausbon Sargent's Currier Conservation Easement and the Cascade Marsh Wildlife Management Area and allows for low-impact recreational activities.
There is extensive road frontage on both Shaker Street and Mountain Road that offers scenic value and the property has valuable agricultural and forestry soils. When the Trayner property was conserved it was primarily forested, and contained a maintained field on the northern edge. On December 22, 2016, the Trayner property was sold to Tim and Lizette Sliter. As new landowners the Sliter’s have converted the forest to working agricultural fields as permitted by the conservation easement.