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Update 8/30/2018: a small parking lot and 3/4 mile hiking trail are now open to the public on the property named the Schapiro Reserve.  Use caution on the steep slopes on the canal berm trail.   More...

February 2017: SMHT received a donation of 39 acres of land that includes historic features: a portion of the West Branch Feeder of the Chenango Canal; a portion of the Ontario and Western (O&W) railroad bed; wetland that was an ice pond in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 
Update 1/1/2018:
a small parking lot and 1/2 mile rough hiking trail are now open to the public on the property named the Schapiro Reserve.  Use caution on the trail.

On July 15, 2014 SMHT acquired a donated conservation easement on 26.5 acres of mostly wooded land in the Town of Madison about 2 miles North of the Village of Hamilton, NY.  The owners are preserving a property with a beautiful stream and waterfall, stands of hemlock and spruce and a border with the historic Madison Feeder of the Chenango Canal.  A trail along the feeder connects to the Gateway Reserve of SMHT and will be part of a string of protected lands along the feeder canal. The Madison Feeder Trail and an overview of the relationship of the SMHT Gateway Reserve to other properties in the local area is shown in this annotated aerial view

In 2013, SMHT purchased an approximately 4 acre property just north of the Village of Hamilton in the Town of Madison, NY.  The Gateway Reserve is located at the junction of Johnnycake Hill and West Lake Roads and provides public access to the Madison Feeder of the Chenango Canal and a “gateway’  to a larger protected wetland.   More...

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Roadside Cleanup: SMHT is responsible for picking up trash along 2 miles of Route 12B North of Hamilton, NY.  Details =>

5th Grade Ecology Project with the Hamilton Central School
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Fiddler’s Green Monitoring and Educational Project  Details =>

Leland Reserve trail cleanup &
                                 Bridge construction        Photos =>
SMHT hosts guided walks at the Leland Reserve
                                                   Girl Scouts    Photos =>
Geocaching at the Leland Reserve:
                                                    Two caches   Details =>

Trails Project: SMHT is working with the Chenango Canal Association to improve the Chenango Canal Towpath Trai that leads froml Bouckville to the Village of Hamilton and to link that trail to one along the Madison Feeder of the Chenango Canal.    Trails web site =>

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December 2018 Newsletter=>

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SMHT wants to help!

If you want to preserve land for future generations
If you want to keep it in farming, or open space or free from intensive development, we are your friends and can help you do it.

The SMHT can show you how to use a protective easement or other instrument to protect your land for future generations and possibly gain a tax benefit doing it.

Check out our handy plain language booklet and/or contact us by email or telephone at

Harvey L. Kliman, President, SMHT

Who We Are:

      Southern Madison Heritage Trust works to conserve, for public benefit, natural resources in and around the townships of Brookfield, Eaton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Lebanon and Madison in Madison County, NY.  We strive to protect land, water, unique habitats, scenic landscapes, recreational sites and historic features through stewardship, public education and support of practices that advance natural resource conservation.

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Southern Madison Heritage Trust
P.O. Box 117 - Hamilton, NY 13346

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