Sunapee’s Wendell Marsh and the Sugar River have received an important measure of protection through a conservation easement donation by Dr. Jolyon Johnson. The Sunapee veterinarian donated the development rights to two parcels totaling 34.1 acres with 2,102 feet of road frontage along Route 11.
The forested land is located opposite the Sunapee water treatment facility. It contains several seasonal springs that flow underneath the roadway into the Sugar River, just below the marsh. The property features a network of trails, and pedestrian, non-motorized access will be permitted.
Dr. Johnson purchased the land five years ago with the intention of protecting it. He comments, "There are large, open tracts to the north of this land, and I hope that this can ensure a wildlife corridor." He also wants to protect the area’s aesthetic quality; this is fostered by protected road frontage, which produces more daily encounter with "open space."