The Northern Connecticut Land Trust (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in the northeastern part of Connecticut. The Mission of the Trust is to preserve the natural resources of the northern Connecticut region including agricultural land and other ecologically important open space. As the only non-profit, open space protection group in the area, dedicated landowners come to the Trust to protect their heritage. Landowners may transfer land as a gift, sold at fair market value or the sale of land to the Trust below market value can offer income tax benefits to the donor. Deed restrictions, lifetime use by the donor, and other stipulations are opportunities for donors to consider. Each parcel is managed according to the donor's wishes through our monitoring and stewardship programs. Conservation easements (whereby landowners may donate or sell development rights to their land while maintaining ownership and other property rights) is another option.
The Northern Connecticut Land Trust is integrally involved in protecting land in Ellington, Enfield, East Windsor, Somers, Stafford, Tolland and Vernon by:
Bald Mountain, Photo Credit: J. Gage
Amy Paterson, Executive Director of the Connecticut Conservation Land Council spoke at the Northern Connecticut Land Trust Annual Meeting held on September 19, 2010. The program, “Preserving the Family Farm” was informative and outlined various methods and programs to preserve open space and farmland.
Ways by which a landowner can transfer land to an entity include: Conserving Land in Fee which is transferring all ownership rights in property either by donation or by sale to a land conservation organization. Also, a conservation easement which is the transfer of a partial interest/some of your rights in property to a land conservation organization. A conservation easement is the legal document that is recorded on the land records which permanently limits a property's uses in order to protect its conservation values. Agricultural conservation easements are easements specifically designed for agricultural land. With each method, there are potential estate, tax and financial benefits depending on the landowner’s specific situation and needs.
Farmland protection funding programs in Connecticut include: CT Farmland Preservation Program - CT Department of Agriculture; Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program – CT Department of Environmental Protection; Farm & Ranch Lands Protection Program - USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service. For further information see Conservation Options for Connecticut Farmland, A Guide for Landowners, Land Trusts & Municipalities (a publication of the American Farmland Trust and CT Farmland Trust).
Grey Tree Frog: This little guy is observing life on a branch of an American Chestnut located at the Chestnut Orchard, Swann Farm. The Orchard is a collaborative project between Northern Connecticut Land Trust and The American Chestnut Foundation. Photo Credit: Bill Adamsen, President Connecticut Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (9/28/09).
Northern Connecticut Land Trust
PO Box 324
Somers, CT 06071