In August of 2017 Ausbon Sargent was given an 8-acre parcel of land in the Town of Sutton. This parcel is located adjacent to the 86-acre Webb/Crowell Forest which is owned by the Town of Sutton. The Webb Crowell Forest has frontage on both sides of the Lane River, and an extensive trail network that includes a significant bridge over the Lane River made from a steel I-beam turned on its side. There are abundant signs of wildlife on the property including moose and deer, and habitat for wildlife is exemplary (highest ranking in the state by the 2015 Wildlife Action Plan).
Our goal is for Ausbon Sargent to gift the 8-acre parcel to the Town of Sutton and in return have the Town gift a conservation easement to Ausbon Sargent on the entire preserve (about 94 acres). This will allow for permanent protection of water quality along the Lane River, recreational opportunities for local hikers, and the property’s high quality wildlife habitat. We look forward to the completion of this project early in 2018.