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Help Pond Mountain
Preserve the Harper Lot

Pond Mountain Trust (PMT) Fundraising Campaign

Working to preserve the 12-acre Harper Parcel that abuts both

Pond Mountain Natural Area and Macedonia State Park.

Be part of this wonderful opportunity as we strive to permanently preserve this important property. A mix of old field, woodlands, and wetlands, this parcel provides priority wildlife habitat and directly connects two large blocks of conserved land.

This special property directly links the nearly 800-acre Pond Mountain Natural Area with Macedonia State Park’s 2,300 acres. Combined with other nearby protected lands managed by the National Park Service, Kent Land Trust, the NW CT Land Conservancy and others, this area helps comprise The Macedonia Forest Block Important Bird Area, named one of the last great places in Connecticut by The Nature Conservancy. 

The property is dominated by an open meadow which is sought-after wildlife habitat in the Northeast. This early-successional habitat (which includes old-fields, shrublands, and young forests) is especially important for native bird populations currently in decline.

We have until June 1st to raise $350,000 to acquire the property. If interested in helping, please contact PMT’s Executive Director Steve Pener at or 203-470-0393 or donate below.

Pond Mountain Trust, Inc. is a non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c) (3). Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law. For your benefit and as required by law, we state that Pond Mountain Trust, Inc. did not provide any goods or services in consideration, in whole or part, for any contribution.

In Honor of Jamie Pener

In honor of their 18-year-old son, Jamie, whose life was tragically cut short by a car accident last year, Mark Pener and Katie Bacon have matched our first $100,000 worth of donations. We reached this benchmark recently through the generosity of over 100 separate donors thus far. Visits to Pond Mountain during his childhood helped Jamie grow into an avid outdoorsman; he hiked the 7-mile Macedonia State Park loop at age 7 and by age 14 had hiked all 46 peaks above 4,000 feet in the Adirondacks. Jamie is deeply missed by his family and many friends—he was the best of us.

“We find great comfort being in the woods, enjoying nature, and thinking about him. Katie and I would love to honor Jamie by continuing Myra Hopson’s legacy.” - Mark Pener

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