Interested in Land Conservation?
Owners of scenic or prominent land within the Zone can protect their properties for future generations, and possibly gain a financial benefit from doing so.
Your local land trust can explain how to do so. Options include donations of land, now or upon a donor’s passing; land protection agreements, deed restrictions, and sales.
Private Land Conservation
Each of the eight towns in the Zone has a land trust committed to land preservation.
Land trusts are generally non-profit organizations or corporations dedicated to conserving land and water resources for perpetuity within their towns or regions. They often rely on donations and membership contributions for funding and are governed by volunteer boards of trustees or directors.
Land owned by trusts is usually private, so public access may be restricted to protect vulnerable habitat or for other local reasons.
Land Trusts in the Eight Zone Towns:
*The Middlesex Land Trust is active in Haddam, as well as six other towns outside the Zone.
Regional and Other Conservation Organizations
The Nature Conservancy is a national and global environmental organization that works to conserve land and healthy water, and address climate change. TNC holds land protection agreements throughout the Zone. Its Connecticut office is in New Haven.
Land Trust Tip...
Visit a land trust’s website or social media pages for the most current contact information. While there, learn about your town’s preserves, find trail maps and see how you can support your local land trust.
LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL OPTIONS FOR CONSERVING LAND?
Your town has a municipal commission that can explain the various benefits and vehicles for preserving your land.
100s of Years Quarrying Granite in the Lower Connecticut River Valley
With help from the Connecticut River Gateway Commission, the Middlesex Land Trust preserved a quarry in Haddam Neck. The Brainerd Quarry Preserve offers ridgeline paths with breathtaking views of the Connecticut River and Haddam Meadows State Park. In the 18th century, granite blocks were split from outcroppings and sent down the steep hillside to be shipped via the river to New York, Philadelphia, and even New Orleans for construction.