“You folks have a lot going on!” That’s what we hear when the Litchfield Land Trust comes up in community conversations. Indeed, the organization is growing and streamlining. Our mission is to preserve and protect strategic undeveloped woodlands, wetlands, and farmland. The essential value of this mission is becoming more widely recognized as time passes and the world changes. Stewardship of these natural lands in perpetuity is our clear-eyed objective. We recognize that the work of managing beautiful landscapes in Litchfield is only possible through continued community support and generosity.
Because of you, your friends, and neighbors, the LLT …
• protects close to four thousand acres of natural land through ownership or conservation easements.
• maintains 12.5 miles of publicly accessible hiking trails.
• protects over 80% of the Bantam and West Bantam River riparian corridor.
• has hired enthusiastic and competent part time staff. Come down and say hello!
• is implementing satellite technologies and land management software for improved monitoring and record keeping.
You might have noticed that the old Bantam Fuel building located on Russell Street has been going through a major transformation. It started with the generous donation of the building and surrounding lands from the Aziz family. Since that time, an army of enthusiastic volunteers & collaborators have devoted close to one thousand hours for the demolition and preparative work. Generous grants have helped support the effort. Soon the long defunct Litchfield terminal station of the Shepaug Railroad will be our new headquarters as well as the terminus of the Litchfield Community Greenway and the new office of the Litchfield Hills Audubon Society.
There is a lot going on indeed, and you make it all possible. You inspire us to stay committed and fulfill our mission to Conserve and Protect Land…. Forever! Community support is essential for the continued oversight and protection of vital natural lands. Please make your contribution today by using the donate button.
With deepest gratitude,
John Markelon President,
on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Litchfield Land Trust
of land--including the 340-acre Prospect Mountain Preserve--and holds conservation easements on another 2554 acres, for a total of 3,970 acres.