Clare and Dean Bensley donated a conservation easement of 63 acres on Mountain Road in Newbury. The land offers many opportunities for public use, including an excellent trail network that connects to the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway. The Bensley easement lies between Sunapee Ridge and Bald Sunapee Mountain. The easement portion, which is primarily within Newbury’s borders, is part of a 99-acre tract south of Mountain Road in Newbury and Bradford. The easement land contains a managed forest comprised of a hardwood stand, mixed wood, pine and a sugar bush. The easement’s trail network has been enhanced over the years through Bensley family work parties. The trails are fully open to the public for walking, hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and snowshoeing. Hunting is also allowed on the property. The land attracts much wildlife, including bear, fox, coyote and moose. There is also an abundance of wildflowers including lady’s slippers, bunchberry, princess pine and rattlesnake plantain.
David Bassi and Linda Brockmeier purchased this property in June 2008.