The Silver Lake Land Trust is happy to announce that we have been awarded a $10,000 grant from New Hampshire DES as part of their “Soak Up the Rain” program to help property owners around Silver Lake provide simple solutions to protect Silver Lake’s high quality from pollution carried in stormwater run-off. The Monadnock Conservancy is providing an additional $7,750 grant so that their Land Manager and GIS Specialist, Rick Brackett, can help with this project.
This is a $17,750 investment in advice and cost-share incentives available to every property owner on the shoreline to act to minimize pollutants carried in stormwater that “runs off” into the lake. This partnership of the SLLT, NH DES and Monadnock Conservancy will target 10 to 15 projects through 2016, each reimbursing on average $500 to $1,000.
Nearly every property owner around the lake has a potential stormwater problem that can be solved with rain barrels that collect water from gutters, with rain gardens or plantings at the base of steep slopes to capture flowing stormwater, or with other solutions which are easy to implement. These projects can be done by you or by volunteers working for you, and half of the expenses will be reimbursed. All that you need to do is to:
- Work with an NH DES and SLLT team to identify a potential problem at your property and discuss “Best Management Practices” to reduce pollutants carried in stormwater runoff.
- Implement the approved practice (e.g. rain garden, rain barrel, plantings) with volunteers trained to do the work, or do the work yourself.
- Submit receipts for work completed and receive reimbursement.
Volunteer to learn “Best Management Practices” so that you can help others as well as yourself as part of the solution. See NH DES’s excellent website at soaknh.org to learn more about this grant program and DES’s program to protect and restore clean water in New Hampshire waterways.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us for the Silver Lake Land Trust Annual Meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Brantwood Camp, Breed Pond Road, Nelson. A lovely setting, interesting agenda and you won’t want to miss special guest speaker Chick Colony telling stories about “The Silver Lake Farm and the Seaver Family.”
SLLT Membership not required!
The Silver Lake Land Trust Board of Directors invites you to join us for a summer gathering to learn about the activities of the Land Trust and to explore ideas and hopes for continued conservation of the land surrounding Silver Lake.
SUNDAY JULY 7, 2013 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
TOAD HALL 125 EAST SIDE RD.
For all who share in this beautiful natural resource through ownership of land in the Silver Lake Watershed, we want you to know what’s going on around the Lake! The Harris Center will participate with us in a presentation that includes:
- History of land conservation on Silver Lake
- Shift of focus from Westside to Eastside
- Status of the Seaver Silver Lake Farm Trust lands
- Small Lots Initiative on East Side Rd.—a proposal for restrictive covenants with conservation restrictions
- Invitation to other landowners to enter into discussions about conservation with Silver Lake Land Trust or the Harris Center
- Questions and Discussion
Won’t you please join us for this important informational gathering? Come by boat, kayak, canoe, on foot, or by car. Refreshments will be served.
RSVP: email@example.com or 603-827-3026
We’ll have a full report of the 2010 Annual Meeting shortly, but, until then, enjoy this slide show of photos from the meeting! (Click on it to start the slide show.)
Vodpod videos no longer available.
(If anyone would like a copy of one of these photos, please send an email to Sal Mollica and he will be happy to send you a copy.)
Welcome to the web site of the Silver Lake Land Trust! We hope that this site provides useful information to our members and others interested in our mission: the protection of the Silver Lake watershed by preserving as much land as possible in an open, undeveloped state.
This site is a work in progress; we will have more information added as time passes, and we plan to keep our members informed with new posts and pages as often as possible. We’ve put together a quick page that explains some of the things that you will find on the site. Follow this link to find out more about what is here.
On June 4, 2010, The Harris Center for Conservation Education announced that they would soon purchase a conservation easement on 33 acres of property at Silver Lake in Harrisville that includes Silver Lake Farm on Seaver Road, a small parcel across Breed Road adjacent to the boat launch at Stoney Beach and the parcel across Seaver Road with frontage on Seaver Reservoir.
The press release from the Harris Center follows:
June 4, 2010 – The Harris Center for Conservation Education announced today that it will soon be able to purchase a conservation easement on the historic Seaver Farm in Harrisville. The 33-acre farm is located between Breed Road and Seaver Road near the Silver Lake boat launch area and has substantial water frontage on Silver Lake and Seaver Reservoir.
The farm was originally owned by Nathaniel Breed Jr., who settled there in 1767 and lived in a house built in 1774 by Paul Whitcomb. By the mid-nineteenth century, the farm and the house were part of a 460-acre farm owned by Wellington Seaver. It eventually passed to one of his nine children, Edgar G. Seaver, who continued to live there until his death in the late 1970s. Seaver left the house and most of his land to Paul Geddes, who has retained the land intact since receiving it about three decades ago.
Geddes has now offered to allow the Harris Center to purchase the development rights on the land through a conservation easement at substantially below the market price. The Harris Center expects to complete the purchase of the easement soon.
The land has very high conservation values, in part because it is an important element of the scenery around Silver Lake, but also to preserve water quality in the lake and reservoir and to retain prime agricultural soils.
Meade Cadot, Director of Land Programs at the Harris Center, said: “We were delighted to be given the chance to work with Mr. Geddes and his advisors to preserve this land.”