Announcement of a vote on proposed changes to the By-Laws of the Silver Lake Land Trust

The Board of Trustees is proposing a couple of changes to the By-Laws of the SLLT to be voted on by Members at the Annual Meeting on August 7. 

At the start of the pandemic last year the Board had the intention to cancel the Annual Meeting of members in August to protect our members from a possible COVID-19 spreading event. The Board also considered reducing or eliminating dues for one year when there were questions about the state of the economy. Unfortunately, we discovered that the By-Laws currently have some provisions that would prevent us from doing either of these things.

The By-Laws require an annual meeting before Sept 1 every year and specify that all meetings must be held in a location in Cheshire County, NH. There is also a provision in the By-Laws that requires a minimum of 12 members of the Board of Trustees. Last year we had 10 Board members whose terms were expiring in 2020, which would have left us with 9 Trustees, and the Trustees lack the power to appoint a new slate of Trustees – that power belongs to the members. We solved these issues by having a brief and small outdoor Annual Meeting last August that had only the minimal business necessary to continue operating with attendance by only a very small number of members. 


The Board is therefore proposing some changes to the By-Laws. The proposed changes include a method to declare a temporary emergency that will allow the Trustees to either cancel the Annual Meeting, or hold one via video conference (with the Zoom service, for example), and also allow the Trustees to temporarily take on powers reserved for Members, such as voting in a temporary slate of Trustees, or extending the term of retiring Trustees, or reducing or eliminating (but never raising) membership dues. Any actions taken by the Board with emergency powers must be approved by the Members at the first meeting after the emergency has lapsed. And the emergency will be limited to no more than one year so that there cannot be a permanent state of emergency.


It is important to note that the Board intends to avoid using these powers unless absolutely necessary, and hopes that we never need to do so again.


You can read the current version of the By-Laws at this web page: https://slltnh.org/documents/by-laws/


The proposed changes to the By-Laws are as follows:


Under Article III – “Board of Trustees” – we add the following Section 7. [These powers are currently reserved for Members, not Trustees. Section (e), as I noted above, will allow the Trustees to reduce or eliminate dues requirements for members during the emergency if, for example, the emergency may create a financial hardship for our members. This also requires that any changes made by the Trustees must be ratified by the Members at the next meeting of members.]

Section 7. Emergency Powers for Trustees.  If there is some event that prevents the Silver Lake Land Trust from holding its Annual Meeting of members before September 1 – an event such as, but not limited to, a declared national, state, or local emergency – the Board of Trustees may temporarily adopt the following powers normally reserved for members: 

(a) Determine how many of the vacancies in the Board of Trustees should be filled; 

(b) Nominate Members of the Corporation to serve as Trustees;

(c) Elect nominees needed to fill vacancies in the Board of Trustees;

(d) Allow Trustees whose terms are expiring to continue in their positions until the next Annual Meeting of members;

(e) Reduce or eliminate annual dues requirements during the emergency. If dues requirements are changed, they will remain in effect through the rest of the membership year and revert back to the prior levels for the next membership year.


The Board of Trustees will communicate any of these decisions to members using postal and/or electronic means as soon as possible after these actions are taken. These powers will lapse when the Board of Trustees votes to end them (which should ideally be when the emergency has ceased), or after a full year, whichever comes first. 


All actions taken under emergency powers by the Board of Trustees must be ratified by the membership at the first Annual Meeting or Special Meeting after the emergency has ceased. 

The second change that the Board are proposing is to Article IV – “Meetings”. [This is to allow us to cancel or hold a virtual Annual Meeting if there is some reason why we cannot have one; an Annual Meeting is required by the By-Laws to be held prior to Sept 1 every year, according to Article IV – Section 1.]

Section 7. National, State, or Local Emergency. If there is some event that prevents the Silver Lake Land Trust from holding its Annual Meeting of members before September 1 at a location in Cheshire County – an event such as, but not limited to, a declared national, state, or local emergency – the Board of Trustees may vote to: 

(a) Cancel the Annual Meeting and take on emergency powers as specified in Article III, Section 7. 

(b) Hold a virtual Annual Meeting open to all members in good standing using electronic means using audio and video which allows Members to participate as if the meeting were held in a physical location.

The Board of Trustees will propose these changes to the Membership at the Annual Meeting. We hope to see as many of you as possible at this year’s Annual Meeting on August 7.

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Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 7, 2021

Please join us for the Silver Lake Land Trust Annual Meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Brantwood Camp, Breed Pond Road, Nelson. We welcome all SLLT Members and non-members to join us.

This year’s speaker will be Karen Seaver. Karen is a staff ecologist at the Harris Center for Conservation Education as well as an instructor at Keene State College. She will speak on cyanobacteria monitoring in lakes. Karen had an article in the spring 2021 Harris Hearsay newsletter called “The Buzz on Blooms” about cyanobacteria blooms

The rain location is at Wells Memorial School, 235 Chesham Road, Harrisville, NH 03450. We will post on the web site as soon as a decision has been made to move the meeting if the weather requires it.

Directions to Brantwood Camp from the Harrisville end of Silver Lake: Drive Breed Road heading northeast past Silver Lake, with the lake to your left, all the way to the stop sign at the end, with Childs Bog to your right. Turn left onto Nelson Road. After about 1 mile, turn slightly left onto Hardy Hill Road (a gravel road, and the rest of the roads are gravel). After about 0.7 miles, make a sharp left onto Lead Mine Road. After about 0.7 miles, make a left turn onto Breed Pond Rd. Drive carefully up the bumpy road for about a half mile to Brantwood Camp.

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2020 SLLT Annual Report

The SLLT is pleased to share the 2020 SLLT Annual Report; click the image below. Because of COVID-19 worries this year’s annual meeting will be confined simply to the business the organization must pass, but we all hope that we can gather together for a full meeting next year.

Please check back in a few weeks as we will add the Annual Reports from past years to a section of the web site.

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Public Hearing April 8 on Stoney Beach parking restrictions in Harrisville

The Harrisville Select Board voted to limit parking at the public boat launch at Stoney Beach to 31 parking spaces, with no parking allowed along the farm side of Breed Road, no parking south of West Side Road, and a limited number of spaces adjacent to the dam on Seaver Road. There are specific spots designated for trailers and one reserved for official use only, and signs will be installed to clearly explain the restrictions.

The Harrisville Select Board will hold a public hearing to explain this policy on Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Details about the meeting can be found at Harrisville’s web site here, including a link to a map showing the parking restrictions and proposed signage, and instructions on how to get a link to connect remotely via Zoom.

If you plan to connect to the meeting remotely via Zoom, please remember to mute your microphone before connecting.

[edit – Zoom meeting link removed].

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Looking for Comments on Stoney Beach Research Group Memo to Harrisville Selectboard

Update: the comment period is over. Thank you for your comments and suggestions.

The Stoney Beach Research Group (SBRG) was formed in 2019 to gather information about Stoney Beach, the area around the boat landing at Silver Lake. The result of their research is a memo requesting that the Harrisville Selectboard take some action with regard to Stoney Beach.

The memo:

The SBRG has asked The Silver Lake Land Trust (SLLT) and The Silver Lake Association (SLA) to endorse this memo before it is presented to the Selectboard. Both the SLA and the SLLT Board of Trustees have reviewed the memo and endorsed it with a few suggestions which have been incorporated.

To summarize the recommendations, the memo requests that the town enforce the rules that already exist at the boat landing and make 2 changes in the rules: (1) limit the parking to 30 spaces on the north side (i.e., the lake side) of Breed Road, 15 for single vehicles, 15 for vehicles with trailers, and (2) reduce the hours the boat landing is open to reduce partying at night. When SLLT was involved in redesigning the boat landing in 2010 this parking limitation was part of the plan but the signs prohibiting parking on the south side of the road were never installed. The boat landing is currently closed from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. The new curfew hours requested in the memo are the ones customary at many NH boat landings: 9:00 pm to 6:00 am. The memo also requests reasonable increased signage and increased enforcement of these rules.

The memo supports these recommendations with comparisons to the parking and curfews established at other lakes in NH.

The Board of Trustees of the SLLT is interested in any comments or suggestions that our members may have on this memo in the next ten days (until November 15, 2020). Please do take the time to read the memo.

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2020 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Silver Lake Land Trust will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Brantwood Camp Beach, Breed Pond Road, Nelson, NH. The only business we will take up is to vote in the Trustees for the Class of 2023 and possibly some minor administrative matters.

Just a quick note that there will be no chairs set up, and there will be no refreshments. This will be a very brief meeting.

Please wear a mask and stand 6 feet apart from others.

Also please make sure that we have your email address by sending it to membership@slltnh.org as the SLLT is moving to all-electronic communication and it is important that we have your current email address. Please look here on our website for the SLLT Annual Report 2020, to be published as soon as possible (definitely before August 8.) Please check back soon.

Hoping you and your family are well.

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2019 Annual Meeting will be held at Wells School

Because of the likelihood of rain tomorrow morning, the SLLT Annual Meeting will be held at Wells School in Harrisville at 10:00 am Saturday morning, August 17.

Wells School is at 235 Chesham Road in Harrisville.

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2019 Annual Meeting on August 17

SLLT Annual Meeting card front 2019 copy

Please join us for the Silver Lake Land Trust Annual Meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2019 and will be at the rain location, at Wells Memorial School, 235 Chesham Road, Harrisville, NH 03450. We welcome all SLLT Members and non-members to join us.

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Final Weeks of Fundraising for the Westside Easement

The trustees of the SLLT would like to thank everyone who braved the rainy forecast and the closed roads from Friday’s storm to join us at Brantwood Camp on August 18 for another informative meeting. We hoped that it might stay dry through the meeting and we almost made it. Thanks especially to Sara Steiner, the coordinator of the NH DES VLAP program, for sharing data and trends of the water quality of Silver Lake, at times shouting over the downpour that started just as she was introduced, and the many members who stayed for the presentation and asked many interesting questions. As soon as we receive a copy of Sara’s slides, we will post them on the website for view or download.

For those who were unable to make the meeting, the SLLT is in the finally weeks of fundraising for the important Westside Easement Campaign, to raise enough to allow the Harris Center to purchase a conservation easement from the Seaver Silver Lake Farm Trust on 50 acres of undisturbed land on the south side of Westside Rd – the largest undeveloped and unprotected parcel remaining within the watershed. Preserving this land will mean that an incredible 80% of the Silver Lake watershed and 2.9 miles of shoreline are under permanent conservation protection.

If you have already donated to this campaign – thank you. For those who have not, please consider making a donation toward this campaign directly to the Harris Center. If you mail a check, please note that the donation is for the “Silver Lake Westside Easement” in the memo line. Or, to make a donation by credit card, please call the Harris Center at (603)-525-3394. Further details for where and how to send a donation (including donating by PayPal) are on the Harris Center’s website; again, please specify that your donation is directed toward the Silver Lake Westside Easement: https://harriscenter.org/donate

And the address to mail donations is:

Harris Center for Conservation Education
83 King’s Highway
Hancock, NH 03449

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Westside Easement Brochure

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Still at Brantwood

Despite the rain we’ve had since last night, the annual meeting is still going to be held at Brantwood Camp at Sandy Beach on Breed Pond Rd in Nelson. We’ll see you there in about an hour….

Directions to Brantwood Camp from the Harrisville end of Silver Lake:

Drive Breed Road past Silver Lake, with the lake to your left, all the way to end, with Childs Bog to your right. Turn left on Nelson Road. After about 1 mile, turn slightly left onto Hardy Hill Road (a gravel road, and the rest of the roads are gravel). After about 0.7 miles, make a sharp left onto Lead Mine Road. After about 0.7 miles, make a left turn onto Breed Pond Rd. Drive carefully up the bumpy road for about a half mile to Brantwood Camp.

from Nelson center:

At the center of town, turn onto Nelson Common Road at the library. Continue straight on Hardy Hill Rd (a gravel road). Continue for a total of about a half mile and bear right on Lead Mine Road. After about 0.7 miles, turn left on Breed Pond Road. Brantwood Camp is about a half mile up the bumpy road.

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