Gift of New London Property Helps Protect Pleasant Lake

Land was prime for development

Press release
The White Brook is one of two brooks located on the Two Brook Woods property in New London that feed into pristine Pleasant Lake.  Caption: Kristy Heath. Photo: Andy Deegan

Ausbon Sargent is pleased to have recently acquired a 28-acre parcel in New London. This property was donated to the land trust to ensure its protection, forever.

The protection of this property is important; not only are the open fields, stone walls, forest, and scenic views treasures, but both the White and Red Brooks run through the property, which lead into pristine Pleasant Lake. A property such as this would have been prime for development, but thankfully, the donors had higher aspirations for these 28 acres.

Debbie Stanley, Executive Director of the Ausbon Sargent Land Trust offers, “We are enormously grateful to the donors for this wonderful gift and for their generosity over the years. Remaining as undeveloped conservation land, this property contributes to the overall health and water quality of Pleasant Lake, which is enjoyed by so many.”

Another advantage to this property being conserved is that it abuts the Messer Farm property, which is 144 acres of conserved forest and farmland, owned and managed by Ausbon Sargent, in the heart of New London. The addition of the Two Brook Woods property will further elongate the trail network in this area, and will make it possible, in the future, to hike or cross country ski between the Messer forest all the way to Pleasant Street.

We thank the donors for their forward-thinking and their love of the land, which contributes to the health of the water and wildlife, and preserves the general aesthetic beauty and charm of our area. This property will be open to the public and available for low-impact recreation.

The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust currently protects 160 properties comprising 13,110 acres of land in the 12-town region, including Andover, that it serves.