Wilton Land Conservation Trust
Dedicated to Preserving Wilton's Open Spaces
Established in 1964
Who We Are
Concerned by the residential subdivisions that were supplanting the places we once walked and hiked, Wilton Land Conservation Trust (the "Land Trust") seeks to prevent the loss of Wilton’s unique natural, scenic, historic and recreational values. Today the organization protects 110 properties totaling in excess of 830 acres through ownership or conservation easement.
WHAT IS THE LAND TRUST?
Closely tied to its community, the Land Trust is not a municipal government body, although it works in partnership with the Town of Wilton. Wilton Land Conservation Trust is organized as a charitable organization that brings a variety of tax benefits to those who donate land, conservation easements, or funding. Because the Land Trust is a private organization, it can be flexible and creative in ways not possible for public agencies.
HOW DOES THE LAND 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.
WHY WORK WITH US?
Anyone wishing to preserve the woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and watercourses of Wilton in perpetuity can turn to the Land Trust — a group that understands the concerns of the community and the needs of the landowners.
Nick Parisot Memorial Trail
Stand Up For Nick (SUFN)
"Stand Up for Nick (SUFN) was founded in 2013 by a group of residents of Wilton, CT, to support the Parisot family during the most challenging time of their lives, following the death of their son, Nick. The creation of “The Nick Trail” is a direct result of generous donations to the Wilton Land Trust in Nick’s name. It was created in partnership with the Land Trust, whose mission is to preserve the wonderful open spaces in Wilton. The trail meanders through existing open spaces in north Wilton, offering peace, health and an opportunity to connect with nature and community, as a reflection of Nick’s appreciation for these qualities in life. We hope this trail reinforces community connections, offering sanctuary and a respite from busy lives, while it serves to remind its travelers of Nick Parisot."
Press the button below to donate to the Nick Parisot Memorial Trail!
Walk Through Wilton
Calling all Wilton Residents! Join the Wilton Land Conservation Trust on June 14th at 4 pm for a Walk Through Wilton’s Harrison-Smith Preserve!
The Wilton Land Conservation Trust’s two interns, Jack Ferguson and Kimberly Castano, have worked extremely hard maintaining and mapping trails. As Jack and Kimmy hiked the trails, they discovered spectacular places unfamiliar to many people in Wilton.
They have created “Walk through Wilton” as their final project to aid the town in discovering one-of-a-kind places in our backyard.
Our goal is for you to learn about the importance of the Land Trust and their preserves while enjoying and discovering the beauty of nature.
Refreshments will be provided!
If you are planning on attending, please be prepared with long pants and high socks as a precautionary measure in the rare case we find a tick or encounter some poison ivy.
Parking is on Keeler’s Ridge Road off of Ridgefield Road. Turn into the Northernmost entrance of Keeler’s Ridge Road where we will be entering into the preserve.
Follow Us on Instagram! @wiltonlandtrust
The Wilton Land Conservation Trust has an Instagram! We will post daily photos and videos about our preserves and what we are working on. This is a great way to get in touch with a large audience that also cares for the environment.