This property blends excellent forestry management with conservation easements to create an award winning private and public land legacy. The Webb family - Van Webb, his wife Robin, their four children and Van's father Richard - has a long history as land stewards.
Richard Webb began his family's extraordinary commitment to long-term forest management in 1948 on his newly purchased 370 acres in Sunapee. Now his son Van, daughter-in-law Robin, and his grandchildren continue his stewardship ethic through their hands-on management of the logging and forestry work on nearly 3,000 acres of woodland in Sunapee, New London, and Springfield. The family has placed 2300 acres in conservation easements.
This commitment to long-term management over short term gain lead Dick Webb to grant the first conservation easement in NH in 1967 to the New London Conservation Commission. To the original gift of 703 acres located at the north end of Pleasant Lake, Dick and his family have added 224 acres in 1970 and 80 acres in 1981 - creating over 1,000 acres of protected forest now filled with wonderful hiking trails developed by the New London Conservation Commission.
Now all 370 acres of the R.H. Webb Forest Preserve in Sunapee are protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement. The ASLPT worked hand-in-hand with the Sunapee Conservation Commission to complete the easement. Certainly this family represents the best of our landowners - managing, conserving and sharing family land resources now and for future generations to create a truly living legacy.
In June of 2020, an additional 6.1 acres were added to this conservation easement, which was donated by Van Webb, R.H. Webb Forest Preserve, LLC. The total acreage of the Webb Forest Preserve is now 376.1. The additional acreage shares the same attributes as the entire piece; prime agricultural soils, highly ranked for wildlife, scenic views from Stagecoach Road, and is open to the public for low impact recreation.