SUCCESS! The Project has reached its fundraising goal and the final documents to complete the transfer of the Sawyer Brook Headwaters Property to the Town of Grantham will be executed in the coming weeks. Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust will hold a conservation easement on the Property, ensuring its permanent protection.
Sawyer Brook Headwaters Parcel
The Sawyer Brook Headwaters Conservation Project is a partnership effort to permanently protect a 386-acre forested parcel bordered by Hartshorn Road (Class VI), Croydon Turnpike (Class VI), Upper Dunbar Hill Road (Class VI), and Walker Road in Grantham. This Parcel is a uniquely valuable natural and recreational resource that was acquired last year by Dillon Investments, which announced plans to conduct an extensive timber harvest on the property. The proposed harvest would have left much of the parcel cleared and would have greatly diminished its value as a natural and recreational resource. The prior owner (William Ruger, Jr.) conducted significant harvests in 2013 and 2014.
Fortunately, on March 12, 2019, Grantham Town Meeting voters overwhelmingly approved an appropriation of $300,000 in Town funds — to be matched with state and private funds — for the acquisition and permanent protection of the Sawyer Brook Headwaters Parcel.
This Project Will Permanently Protect
● Sawyer Brook Headwaters
● The second-highest ranked wetlands unit in Grantham.
● Wildlife habitat among the highest-ranked in the state by NH Fish and Game.
● A critical section of an existing wildlife corridor allowing travel between nearby conserved parcels.
● Continued public access for nature observation, hiking, mountain biking, running, snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and more.
- Sawyer Brook Headwaters Parcel Map
- Powerpoint Slide Presentation (Printable – 6 slides per page)
- Sawyer Brook Headwaters Conservation Project Flyer
Questions? Please Contact: Sheridan Brown, Grantham Project Coordinator 603-865-5231