On June 15, 2020, Ausbon Sargent acquired a 234-acre land parcel in Andover, NH. This property was donated, transferring ownership to Ausbon Sargent by Frederick and Patrice Ficken, who wished for it to be protected, forever.
The Mountain Brook Forest Preserve is adjacent to thousands of acres of already-conserved land, including the Old College Road Preserve, which is also owned by Ausbon Sargent. The protection Mountain Brook, which flows into Elbow Pond, will assist in the protection of the surrounding watershed.
This property is highly ranked for wildlife habitat in the 2015 Wildlife Action Plan and, with good forestry soils, has been managed for forestry in the past. We are pleased to note that this property will remain open to the public for low-impact recreation on some existing trails.
We are grateful to the Ficken family for allowing us to look after this wonderful piece of property, for future generations to enjoy.