BOARD OF TRUSTEES
WHO WE ARE
Peter W. Gaboriault
Craig E. Johnson
Bruce E. Beebe
William L. Maxwell
Robert E. Sollmann, Jr.
Roger R. Valkenburgh
Stephen H. White
Anthony P. Grassi
Thomas M. Sinchak
Robert H. Russell, Jr.
The Wilton Land Conservation Trust is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of open space in Wilton. Formed in 1964 by Wilton residents Morris Earle, Augustus W. Merlin, Lawrason Riggs III, and George W.D. Symonds, these founders anticipated the adverse impact of population increase and housing development on the natural resources and wildlife habitats in the Town.
The Trust is comprised of a volunteer Board of Trustees, all of whom are Wilton residents, and hundreds of members. We work in cooperation with the Town of Wilton governing boards and commissions to preserve the lands and share our mission with other land trusts in Connecticut.
The Land Trust currently owns or holds conservation easements on 119 separate parcels totaling nearly 835 acres in Wilton. The WLCT actually owns outright 97 parcels covering 440 acres. Many of these parcels such as the 74 acre Gregg Preserve, the 44-acre Marble/Van Haelewyn-Richards Preserve, the 22-acre Harrison Smith Preserve, and the 16-acre Robert Hale Symonds Preserve are available to Wilton residents for passive recreational use. Many others, such as the meadow at Keeler’s Ridge and the Slaughter Fields at the corner of Nod Hill and Pipers Hill, contribute importantly to the rural character of our town. The Land Trust strives to acquire land for the enjoyment of Wilton residents. When open spaces are developed, they are gone forever.
We also support the community-at-large in a variety of ways, including:
- E. Dan Cappel Senior Scholarship Award for Wilton High School annual recipient
- Wilton High School Junior environmental book award
- Support materials of an environmental nature purchased for the Wilton Library
- Environmental/open space events
- Environmental activities and causes within the Town of Wilton