Critical Funding for an Important Coastal Property in Old Saybrook

Ayers Point field

On June 13th, 2023, the Old Saybrook Land Trust gathered with members, friends and supporters to celebrate their latest land acquisition: an eleven-acre parcel containing the headwaters of Hyde Creek, surrounded by open field and brackish tidal marsh that is part of the Hyde Creek tidal wetlands complex that borders the main stem of the…

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Public Hearing on New Lighting Standards

glow of night lighting from a town on the Connecticut River

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Connecticut River Gateway Commission will hold a Public Hearing on the adoption of proposed standards regarding lighting. Interested parties may appear and be heard and written communications received.   PUBLIC HEARING Date: May 25, 2023 TIME: 7:00 pm PLACE: RiverCOG Conference Room, 145 Dennison Road Essex, CT 06426 or Online via…

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Commission Awarded at CLCC Conference

Commission participation

The Connecticut River Gateway Commission has been honored by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council with a“2023 Excellence in Conservation Award.” CLCC recognizes organizations and individuals who make a substantive contribution to the success of land conservation and projects that serve as a guide to or can be replicable by other land trusts and communities in…

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Commission Supports Haddam Land Trust Property Purchase

Map with property identified with an outline

The Connecticut River Gateway Commission voted at its February 23, 2023 meeting to provide $5,000 to the Haddam Land Trust to assist in its pending purchase of the 8.1 acre Kaye parcel on the east side of Saybrook Road, just south of Route 82 and the Beaver Pond. The Haddam Land Trust was the sole…

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New Standard Addresses Light Pollution

light from the towns and residents seen on the shoreline

Excessive night lighting has been shown to affect our health and dramatically harm nature, and have a devastating effect on wildlife, especially on birds. Light pollution is an increasingly important issue as night skies over the Connecticut River and tributaries/coves are becoming more and more obscured by excessive exterior and interior lighting. New housing proposals…

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Connecticut River Bridge Replacement

section of bridge close up

The Connecticut River Bridge, first built in 1907 between the towns of Old Saybrook and Old Lyme, is scheduled for replacement. A new modern and resilient moveable bridge will improve safety, reliability and trip time. The bridge serves the Northeast Corridor main rail line and is used by Amtrak’s intercity service, the Shore Line East…

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Lower Connecticut River Land Trust Hiking Trail Challenge

Lower Connecticut River Land Trust

Take the trail challenge. Can you hike in 19 different towns through the end of 2023? The Lower Connecticut River Land Trust, in partnership with local land trusts and towns, challenges you to hike as many trails as you can in the Lower Connecticut River Region that are located in or that pass through our…

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Old Saybrook Land Trust Working to Protect a Vital Tidal Wetland


The Old Saybrook Land Trust reached an agreement in August 2022 to purchase 11 acres of land on Ayers Point for $297,000. The Connecticut River Gateway Commission, considering the importance of the land’s preservation, voted unanimously to provide the land trust with up to $60,000 in funds to match those raised by a local campaign.…

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