Ausbon Sargent celebrates 25 years of land protection

Photo: Clark Lookout affords a magnificent view of Lake Sunapee with Mt. Sunapee in the distance.  A trail map of this easy .5 mile hike can be viewed at www.ausbonsargent.org/trails.

Today’s Earth Day week focus is on land conservation in the Mt. Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee region — the work of the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust.

Since 1987 Ausbon Sargent has been protecting our special, open spaces: farms, forested lands, streams and wetlands. These areas contribute mightily to the regional landscape.

Their protected properties now number 120 and total 9,742 acres with over 7 miles of shore frontage including 4,700 feet of frontage on Lake Sunapee. This work involves stewardship and education and lots of support from volunteers and community partners.

To learn more: View the map of properties. Read about the organization’s history and namesake. View a gallery of protected lands.

And here’s what’s coming up — special events and volunteer opportunities — as Ausbon Sargent celebrates its 25th birthday!

>> “Landscapes for Landsake” art exhibit at New London Hospital from May 25 through mid-September.

>> Thursday’s Child Benefit Dinner on May 31, 2012

Rockwell’s at the Inn and the New London Inn presents Thursday’s Child dinners to benefit local nonprofit organizations. Dine at Rockwell’s at the Inn (in the main dining room or the tavern) and 50% of the profits from the evening will go to Ausbon Sargent. For reservations, phone 603-526-2791.

>> Training Workshop: Monitoring Protected Properties on June 6

Help protect land by training to be one of Ausbon Sargent’s 90 land steward monitors. Call the Ausbon Sargent office for more information and to register with Sue Andrews at 603-526-6555 or email sandrews@ausbonsargent.org.

“We have been so successful adding new protected properties that we need an additional 12 easement monitors. This is a wonderful opportunity to be in the woods making a concrete contribution to saving our rural landscape,” says land protection specialists Andy Deegan and Beth McGuinn.

>> Spring Ledge Farm Feature, Main Street, New London on June 10
Starting at 4:30 p.m., take a tour of the farm and enjoy listening to guest speaker, the former Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Taylor.

>> “Happy Birthday, Ausbon!” on the New London Town Common on June 11

Come to the party on the green (from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) for a tribute to Ausbon Sargent, on his birthday. There will be music and stories and entertainment reflecting on Ausbon and the New London Common, which he purchased in 1985 and gifted to the town for conservation and enjoyment by future generations.

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