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A Conservation Milestone at Silver Lake

December 28, 2018
The hills surrounding Silver Lake in Harrisville gleam under freshly fallen snow. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

We’re excited to announce that the largest remaining undeveloped, unprotected parcel on Silver Lake has just been permanently protected via a conservation easement with the Harris Center. The Harris Center worked closely with the Silver Lake Land Trust and the Seaver Silver Lake Farm Trust for more than a year on this important conservation project.

A map of conserved lands in the Silver Lake watershed, with the watershed outlined in blue and the new Westside easement outlined in red.

A map of conserved lands in the Silver Lake watershed, with the watershed outlined in blue and the new Westside easement outlined in red.
Click on the image to view a larger version of the map.

The new easement includes 50 acres of land and nearly 800 feet of shoreline on the southern end of the lake in Harrisville. It also adds to a block of 6,000+ acres of contiguous conservation land in the towns of Nelson, Roxbury, Harrisville, and Marlborough. With the completion of this project, an astounding 80% of the Silver Lake watershed  – including 2.9 miles of shoreline – is now protected, preserving water quality in Silver Lake for many generations to come.

“Deep, clear lakes like Silver Lake are rare, and they’re exceptionally important for loons and other wildlife,” said Harris Center Director Jeremy Wilson. “Silver Lake is also prized by people all throughout the Monadnock Region for its swimming, boating, fishing, and scenic beauty. The Harris Center is honored to help protect this natural and recreational treasure for future generations of people and wildlife alike.”

This project was made possible by generous donations from over 100 individuals and families. THANK YOU to all!

Contact

For more information on land protection at Silver Lake, contact Jeremy Wilson at (603) 525-3394 or by email.