Dating back to the 1800’s, four contiguous pieces of land near Mason Hill and Brown Roads in Warner had been owned by members of the Brown family. After being bought and sold over time, the Browns finally assembled the properties once again and, in 2017, approached Ausbon Sargent to help them protect their 133.39-acre property. Their wish was to make sure that the land stays together as a working farm, forever.
This rich property boasts 1,700 feet of frontage on the Frazier Brook, a major tributary to Schoodac Brook. It is adjacent to other parcels of protected property and helps to expand a corridor of land from Warner through Salisbury and into Andover and Webster important for the migration of various species. The Brown property will remain managed as a working farm for agriculture, timber and maple syrup production and it will remain open for low-impact public recreation.
Funding for this property was made possible through a “bargain sale” by the Brown family, and protected with assistance from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. Funding also came from the Fields Pond Foundation, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Warner Conservation Commission. The remainder of the necessary funding came from an anonymous grant and through private donations.
On October 25, 2018, members of the Brown family, Nathan Brown, Allan Brown, Betty Brown and Carol Howard, signed the easement to complete the project.