Springfield, N.H., Land Trust Receives Easement

Beth McGuinn photograph

Beth McGuinn photograph

Springfield, N.H. — The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust recently received a conservation easement on 124 acres of land on the east side of Baptist Pond.

The Hodges and Garfield families, who own seasonal homes in Springfield, donated the easement last month. The donation brings the amount of contiguous conserved land in southern Springfield to about 2,200 acres. The land includes a half mile of frontage on Baptist Pond and a mile of shared boundary with the Star Lake Farm property. It is visible from Interstate 89.

“This significant block of forestland, farm fields, ponds, lakes and wetlands provides important wildlife habitat for many species, including the nesting loons on Baptist Pond and Star Lake,” the trust said in a recent news release.

Under the easement terms, the land can never be subdivided or built upon, but it may be used for agriculture.

The Baptist Pond Trust, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, the Springfield Conservation Commission and private donors helped meet costs associated with the easement, such as a land survey and stewardship expenses.

— Staff report