Find Your Local Land Trust

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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.

The salt marsh, creeks, and tidal flats

Land Trusts in the Eight Zone Towns:

Chester Land Trust
P.O. Box 82
Chester, CT 06412
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Deep River Land Trust
P.O. Box 101
Deep River, CT 06417
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tel: 860-543-2198

East Haddam Land Trust
P.O. Box 122
East Haddam, CT 06423
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tel: 860-484-3458

Essex Land Trust
P.O. Box 373
Essex, CT 06426

Haddam Land Trust
946 Station Hill Rd
Haddam, CT 06438
tel: 860-575-5968

Lyme Land Trust
P.O. Box 1002
Lyme CT 06371
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tel: 860-434-5051

Middlesex Land Trust*
27 Washington St.
Middletown, CT 06457
tel: 860-343-7537

Old Lyme Land Trust
P.O. Box 163
Old Lyme CT 06371

Old Saybrook Land Trust
P.O. Box 109
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

*The Middlesex Land Trust is active in Haddam, as well as six other towns outside the Zone.

Regional and Other Conservation Organizations

Lower Connecticut River Land Trust

The Lower Connecticut River Land Trust conserves, studies, stewards, and promotes the natural and working lands, and historic, ecologic, cultural, and scenic resources of 17 communities in the region.

145 Dennison Road
Essex, CT 06426
tel: 860-581-8554

Connecticut Land Conservation Council

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council works with land trusts across the state to strengthen their conservation efforts and provide equitable access to open space.

deKoven House
27 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457
tel: 860-852-5512

The Nature Conservancy

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.

55 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510

tel: 203-568-6270

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.

Couple at Smyth Sanctuary


Your town has a municipal commission that can explain the various benefits and vehicles for preserving your land.

great view of water and ridge
sunrise on the River

Connecticut River Ferries Are Older Than America
Ferries have long been a means to cross rivers. The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, which began service in 1769, was actually used to transport supplies during the Revolutionary War.

Today the Selden III, operated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, runs between the two towns providing a scenic, relaxing crossing for cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. Enjoy superb views on board of Gillette’s Castle on board the ferry, especially heading east.