The Boon Family Tradition

The Adirondack Park comprises over six million acres of land, 3,000 lakes, and 50 species of mammals. It is a truly unique and special place. The Boon Family, including Maurits Boon and Carin Gonsalves, have vacationed in the Adirondack Park for over 20 years. Their children, Nolan and Isabella Boon have spent their summers falling in love with the park and creating happy memories that will last a lifetime.  When Nolan was 8 and Isabella was 7 years old, the Boon Family began cleaning up the bottom of the lake around their cabin. It began as a fun-filled activity but quickly turned into a labor of love as they discovered more garbage than they ever expected. Isabella and Nolan collected cans, bottles, food containers, and hundreds of golf balls. Yes, golf balls, which take centuries to degrade, slowly release heavy metals into the water, negatively impacting the surrounding wildlife.

Nolan (age 8) and Isabella Boon (age 7), (2011) the first lake bottom cleanup around their family camp on Fourth Lake. 

Motivated by their desire to preserve this beautiful environment, the lake clean-up became a yearly ritual. Over the past ten years, Nolan and Isabella recruited help from family and friends, multiplying the amount of garbage collected with each excursion. Hauling bags of trash onto the shore gave them an incredible feeling of pride knowing that they bettered the environment, not only for the wildlife but also for the local community, which relies upon this irreplaceable resource for survival. Carin shared her children's efforts with the local newspaper to inspire others to protect the environment. As a result, the Fulton Chain of Lakes Association pledged its support to establish a yearly community event devoted to preserving the magnificent lakes and watershed of the Fulton Chain of Lakes.  Please join their clean-up efforts every summer to “Maintain the Chain” and keep the Adirondacks beautiful for generations to come. 

Nearly 10 years after their first lake bottom clean-up, Nolan (back center), Isabella (second from right) along with their family and friends proudly display the trash collected from the bottom of Fourth Lake (2020).

Our Mission

Maintain the Chain’s mission is to maintain the lakes and watershed of the Fulton Chain of Lakes in New York's Adirondack Park.

Our Vision

Maintain the Chain envisions a sustained community effort, through education and collaboration, dedicated to bettering the environment and preserving the irreplaceable resources of the Adirondack Park for current and future generations to come.

Maintain the Chain Board of Directors


Nolan J. Boon 

Isabella L. Boon 


Carin F. Gonsalves 

Vice President

Ray Letterman


John Jeffery


Maurits S. Boon

Isabella L. Boon

Social Media Director, Event Photographer

Nolan Boon


Fulton Chain of Lakes Association (FCLA)

Adirondack Council

Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI)

View Arts Center


Sponsors, Supporters, and Endorsers of the Maintain the Chain Event

Fulton Chain of Lakes Association

Town of Webb

Town of Inlet

Adirondack Council

Adirondack Watershed Institute (of Paul Smith’s College)

Sixth and Seventh Lakes Improvement Association