When Mark Lennon bought the house and 26.46 acres on Pumpkin Hill in 1990, it was always in his thoughts to conserve the land. Mark has spent years clearing fields and thinning an overgrowth of pines from his forests. On September 18, 2015, Mark successfully placed an easement on the property with Ausbon Sargent. The Lennon Conservation Easement has over 424 feet of frontage on Pumpkin Hill Road. It protects scenic viewsover the property that are accessible using an adjacent Class VI road and also allows for low impact pedestrian public recreation on the trails.
The donated Sorento Conservation Easement is a beautiful, undeveloped mix of fields and forests with a stream that flows through the southeastern portion of the property. These characteristics provide a natural habitat for many woodland birds, animals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. The soils are highly ranked for forest production.
The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust added its 135th property to its list of protected properties in the land trust’s 12-town region when the property closed at the Sunapee Selectmen’s Meeting on June 1, 2015. With the addition of the Wendell Marsh South easement, Ausbon Sargent now protects 11,010 acres, continuing its mission to help preserve the rural character of the Mt. Kearsarge/Ragged/Lake Sunapee region.