Wilton Land Conservation Trust
Dedicated to preserving open space in Wilton
WHO ARE WE?
In 1964 a group of townsfolk formed the Wilton Land Conservation Trust as a local entity to protect the character and green spaces of Wilton. Concerned by the residential subdivisions that were supplanting the places they once walked and hiked, these far-sighted citizens sought to slow the loss of Wilton’s unique natural, scenic, historic and recreational values. Today the organization owns, or protects through a conservation easement, 110 properties totaling in excess of 830 acres.
WHAT IS A LAND TRUST?
A land trust is very closely tied to its community. It is not a municipal government body, although it works in partnership with the town in which it operates. A land trust is organized as a charitable organization which brings a variety of tax benefits to those who donate land, conservation easements, or money. Because a land trust is a private organization, it can be flexible and creative in ways not possible by public agencies.
HOW DOES THE WILTON LAND CONSERVATION TRUST WORK?
The Wilton Land Conservation Trust is led by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees made up of residents of Wilton. One hundred percent of its funding is derived from the generous support of local citizens, primarily through membership donations. It takes time, effort, and a long-term commitment to run the land trust because it must pledge to own land in perpetuity to maintain its charitable tax status.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF WORKING WITH WILTON LAND CONSERVATION TRUST?
Anyone wishing to save the woodlands, meadows, and streams of Witon forever, provide clean water and air for their families, and protect the home of our birds and wildlife, can turn to the Wilton Land Conservation Trust—a group that understands the concerns of the community and the needs of the landowners.