Silver Lake Eastside Easement

The Silver Lake Land Trust is excited that the Harris Center and John Newcombe (representing Seaver Silver Lake Farm Trust) have finalized an agreement to conserve an additional 187 acres on Silver Lake in Harrisville. This large tract is adjacent to the land in Nelson that the Seaver Silver Lake Farm Trust put into conservation in 2010, and will protect an additional 77 acres in the Silver Lake watershed as well as 110 acres in the Child’s Bog/Seaver Reservoir watershed. Putting this land into conservation means that approximately 75% of the land in the Silver Lake watershed is protected from development. Combined with the Seaver Silver Lake Farm Trust land in Nelson under easement, development on these two easements is limited to a single building set well back from the shoreline or to the existing campsite in Harrisville.


Seaver Silver Lake Farm Trust Proposed Easement

The Silver Lake Land Trust has pledged all of its assets toward the easement purchase price. A $350,000 gap remains, which we must fund raise by September 30th of this year.We want everybody who loves and enjoys Silver Lake to have the opportunity to give. This is a gift to all – past and future generations. It is because our parents and grandparents taught us to treasure the Lake’s water quality, just as we are working on behalf of our kids and grandkids to preserve this beautiful lake.

A history of conservation in the Silver Lake watershed, 1979-2010

The Silver Lake Land Trust is encouraging all of our members, their families, and our friends to make a donation for the purchase of this easement to the Harris Center. Instructions for donations are as follows:


Please make your check out to the Harris Center. On the memo line or in an accompanying note please reference the Silver Lake Eastside Easement. Mail to: Harris Center, 83 Kings Highway, Hancock, NH 03444

Note: checks are the preferred method of payment, avoiding transaction fees of 2.5% to 3%.

Stock Donations or Wiring Instructions

Call the Harris Center at (603) 525-3394, and ask to speak with Sara LeFebvre, Diana Jacobs or Jeremy Wilson.

Electronic Payment With Credit Card or PayPal

Visit and click on the yellow “Make a Donation” button. After entering payment and submitting donation, you will be asked to review the information. Click on “Add Special Instructions to the Seller” and type in Silver Lake Eastside Easement. Contact Diana at with questions.

Credit Card over the Phone

Call the Harris Center at (603) 525-3394, and ask to speak with Sara LeFebvre, Diana Jacobs or Jeremy Wilson.

The Harris Center for Conservation Education has a nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the Silver Lake Eastside Easement will be acknowledged with a letter verifying receipt of your tax-deductible contribution.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Soak Up the Rain Assessment workshop on August 29

Representatives of NH DES will be coming to Silver Lake on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm to teach the assessment and design skills for people interested in helping design solutions to solve stormwater issues around the lake. Anybody who is interested please RSVP to Rick Brackett of the Monadnock Conservancy at by Wednesday, August 27. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring water, snacks, and food if you plan to go – Rick will email back to let you know where we are meeting to start. This workshop will cover identifying stormwater issues, taking measurements, filling out the NHDES project worksheets, matching BMP’s with the issues, determining the size and location of BMP’s and percolation rate testing.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Please join us for the annual meeting – August 16, 2014

Please join us for the Silver Lake Land Trust Annual Meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Brantwood Camp, Breed Pond Road, Nelson

SLLT Membership not required!

The rain location is at Wells Memorial School, 235 Chesham Road, Harrisville, NH 03450


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.


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Soak Up The Rain

Soak Up The Rain Silver Lake

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Implement the approved practice (e.g. rain garden, rain barrel, plantings) with volunteers trained to do the work, or do the work yourself.
  3. 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 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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on Soak Up The Rain

Silver Lake Land Trust Annual Meeting – August 17, 2013 – 10 AM – Brantwood

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! 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Silver Lake Gathering at Toad Hall July 7, 2013 at 4 PM

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


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: or 603-827-3026

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Annual meeting photo slideshow

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.)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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.

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Harris Center: “Harrisville’s Historic Seaver Farm to be Protected”

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.”

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment