New London, NH — With support from New London voters and the town’s Conservation Commission, the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust in June, 2013, added the Phillips Preserve to its list of protected lands in the Kearsarge/Sunapee region.
The 71-acre Phillips Preserve easement, on Goose Hole Road in New London, is owned by the town and managed by the New London Conservation Commission.
The property has over 1,600 feet of frontage on Otter Pond and over 700 feet of frontage on Otter Pond Brook, which flows from Goose Hole Pond into Otter Pond.
The Phillips Preserve is open to the public for low impact recreation, offering significant trails on the property. The easement, managed for timber production, had a recent timber cut on the property that created a substantial view of Mount Sunapee.
In 1980, as a memorial to her husband, Stephen, summer resident Bessie Wright Phillips of Salem, Massachusetts, gifted these 71 acres on Otter Pond to the Town of New London.
In the fall of 1993, Mrs. Phillips was recognized nationally for her 7,000-acre donation in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine.
Prior to her death in 1996, Mrs. Phillips granted easements on her five New London properties on Burpee Hill Road, Little Lake Sunapee and Route 103A, which benefits all that enjoy the regional landscape.