Starting about 5 years ago a major effort was undertaken to clean up and preserve Colony Pond in the eastern part of Chesterfield. This unique pond, in the middle of a large tract of N.H. Tier I (highest) Wildlife Habitat, and the headwaters of California Brook, was being trashed and turned into the second dump in town. A major clean-up effort, spearheaded by the Conservation Commission, left the pond in its pristine state. The town Selectmen voted to ban motorized vehicles from Prouty Road (the access) and gates were eventually needed to enforce this. With grants from several conservation groups, from the state of New Hampshire, and from the town of Chesterfield, the Monadnock Conservancy purchased a conservation easement on 250 acres of the pond and surroundings. Now it is protected forever and can never be developed.
Now the bad news ... there continues to be small groups of individuals who seem to think it is their right to party at Colony Pond, throw trash, and otherwise recreate as they wish; private property, wildlife, and other peoples needs be damned. The associated vandalism is focused on the gates and all manner of means have been used to go through or around the gates. This has involved trespassing and the destroying of a stone wall of a family next to a gate, moving rocks that were placed to block going around the gates, cutting the steel pin to free up the lock and most recently to push over the gate so that the steel post comes out of its cement footing and is pushed open on its hinge (see below).
If anyone has any ideas regarding how to proceed in this matter we welcome them. Any usefull information or tips can be sent to the Chesterfield or Swanzey Police (the pushed over gate mentioned is at the Chesterfield/Swanzey line and was pushed over from the Swanzey side).
Tom Duston, Chair Chesterfield Conservation Commission