Chain of Ponds
Chain of Ponds - NEW!
If you are a resident of Madison, please attend the public hearing on March 7. Details about the hearing may be found on the town website.
We are partnering with The Conservation Fund to purchase Chain of Ponds - 625 acres of forestland and inland waters in Madison, NH. This special place contains the headwaters of Pequawket Brook and Silver Lake’s North Inlet and we need your financial support to protect this special place now!
We have until November 2024 to raise the funds required to purchase and permanently conserve this special landscape. A project 20+ years in the making, we are actively working to raise $1.3 million from state grant makers, local foundations, and individual contributions. Will you make a gift to protect Chain of Ponds?
Chain of Ponds contains an ecologically important glacial-trough-valley featuring approximately 110 acres of wetlands and surface waters, over 300 acres of mapped aquifer, 4 miles of surface water frontage along several ponds and streams, glacial eskers, as well as cliff and talus slopes.
Due to the significant gravel deposits found within the esker complex on the property there is a substantial threat of the lands being acquired for extractive gravel mining which would pose a dire threat to the quality of groundwater resources, and be detrimental to the overall health and integrity of important natural communities found on the land.
Benefits provided to the residents and visitors of the Mountain Washington Valley will include:
- Protection of drinking water supply lands for numerous private wells, and Silver Lake Landing’s public water supply system.
- Secure public access for hiking, biking, paddling, hunting, and fishing, and other outdoor activities.
- Experiential learning opportunities (Madison Elementary School sits 0.6 miles from the southern access point to the property)
- Protection of Federally and State- listed threatened plants, fish, and birds, as well as unique geologic features including kettle hole bogs, and eskers.
- Scenic enjoyment by the general public
- Economic benefits from sustainable forestry operations that emphasize forest health, with restrictions prohibiting commercial harvesting within 200 feet of wetlands, streams, and ponds.
Thank you to Joe Klementovich for making this incredible video
Chain of Ponds in the News
December 15, 2023
This project will require support from government grants, private foundations, and individual gifts.
You can help protect and care for Chain of Ponds by making a restricted gift. Your contribution will be used exclusively for the protection and care of Madison's Chain of Ponds. You can make a restricted donation online. Or you can send a check, payable to "Upper Saco Valley Land Trust," to P.O. Box 111, Conway, NH 03818. Please put "Chain of Ponds" in the memo line if you wish for your gift to be used only for Chain of Ponds. Learn more about donating to USVLT.
To date, the following funders have joined with us to support Chain of Ponds:
- An anonymous foundation grant of $300,000
- LCHIP grant of $250,000