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Total acreage of all public and private land in the town of Cheshire exceeds 21,000 acres.

Though significant, CLT's 578 acres represents only 2.46% of the total land area.


Leavenworth Tree Farm

CLT's preservation of

Leavenworth Tree Farm

This landmark Cheshire farm is now protected by

The Leavenworth, Palmer & Knickerbocker Family Conservation Restriction

Roaring Brook

Roaring Brook

The State's second highest waterfall

Cheshire Land Trust
Preserving Land as a Living Resource Since 1969

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The Cheshire Land Trust is a nonprofit corporation funded entirely by donor contributions from members of the community. We receive no taxpayer support.


Stewardship Day

CLT's Spring Stewardship Day will be held Saturday May 9th, 8:30am.  
All interested volunteers and Property Monitors are asked to meet at the Ives Farm barn, 1585 Cheshire Street, at 8:30am.  We'll have a short stewardship discussion, and then split up for monitoring inspections.  In the event of rain, we'll stay at the barn.  Please bring gloves, hand tools, and trash bags.  No RSVP needed.

We are in need of new volunteers to assist with these important land stewardship efforts on our 578 acres of
open space across Cheshire.  Volunteers provide crucial help with picking up litter, cleaning and mowing trails, maintaining information kiosks, performing periodic inspections, cutting fallen trees, and many other activities.  There is a variety of work to be done, from easy to technical.

For Stewardship information, please contact Rick at  Individuals, families, scout groups, church groups, student groups, senior groups, and civic groups are all welcome!

CLT Property Monitors - Please complete an inspection of your CLT property as soon as possible and submit an inspection report form (or do a short write-up).  New property photos are encouraged!  The official CLT inspection form is available in PDF form here. Please mail completed form to P.O. Box 781 Cheshire, CT 06410, or email to


Hike Roaring Brook Sunday 5/10/2015

The Cheshire Land Trust will host a hike to Roaring Brook falls Sunday, May 10. We are dubbing the hike “Roaring Brook: the Mother of all Walks" in recognition of all moms this Mother's Day and due to the challenging terrain on portions of the hike. We meet at 1 p.m. at the parking area at the end of Roaring Brook Road off Mountain Rd. Roaring Brook Falls is a spectacular Cheshire landmark site. Hiking time is about 3 1/2 hours (1 mile round trip). Hikers will be led along a 1/2 mile trail through beautiful woodland that rises sharply as it follows the Roaring Brook gorge to the crest of Prospect ridge. Difficulty: moderate to strenuous. Tips: Hiking boots, walking stick, camera and water (strongly suggested). Rain cancels. CLT is also on Facebook.



Photo taken May 4, 2014

Connecticut TRAILS DAY Hike

 Old Farms Preserve & Dedominicis Property

Saturday June 6th, 9am

Join the Cheshire Land Trust for a 2-hour exploration of the CLT’s Old Farms Preserve and the Town of Cheshire’s Dedominicis Property. Together, these properties include over 200 acres of preserved open space.  Discussion about habitat types, local forest history, and open space stewardship practices.  If you have never visited these properties, now is your chance!  Hike will travel about 2 miles.  Meet at 9am a the CLT's new Old Farms Preserve trailhead, Old Farms Road, Cheshire (Note:  NOT Old Land Road trailhead!)

Difficulty: moderate. Heavy rain cancels. Tips: Hiking boots, walking stick, camera, and water (strongly suggested). 

Acquisition News

The Cheshire Land Trust received an important donation of six acres of property along Waterbury Road in west Cheshire from Francis Roke, Jr and his sister Diane M. Tansley. The area has been named “Josephine’s Woods” in honor of the donor’s grandmother. The property has frontage along Waterbury Rd. opposite Blackies, features extensive wetlands covering about 40% of the acreage. The rest of the property is forested with mixed hardwoods and is noteworthy for rocky outcrops along Edgecomb Rd.

Josephine's Woods

Six Acres donated by Francis Roke, Jr. & Diane M. Tansley

Brooke Preserve expanded thanks to donation by

Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Kolstad

The property consists of a small area of wetlands and several acres of early growth, upland forest. The area has been named Kolstad Woods. This gift expands our  forty acre Brooke Preserve that we received from the Carpenter-Blackburn family in 2005.


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Annual Meeting March 2015

Joy Vanderlek,Sam Waldo, Mark Kasinskas, Tim Slocum, Dave Schrumm, Rick Marinaro, Janice Bryden with guest speaker and Town Historian Jeanne Chesanow

Our Mission

Preservation of natural resources of the State of Connecticut, including water resources, marshland, swamp, woodland, open spaces and the plant and animal life therein.
Preservation of unique historic and scenic sites.
Promote the scientific study of and educate the public regarding local natural resources including plants, animals, birds and other wildlife.
Acquire by gift, purchase or otherwise, real and personal property for the benefit of all the inhabitants of the State of Connecticut for conservational, educational, scientific and recreational purposes


Join the Cheshire Land Trust

Open spaces provide habitat for wildlife, protection for our water supply and countless benefits to the community. Cheshire's pristine wetlands, green ways, farmland and open spaces must never be taken for granted. Join in our mission to preserve the town's natural character and beauty. Membership offers you the opportunity to make a difference.

The Cheshire Land Trust seeks gifts of land thus ensuring its preservation for future generations. Today we actively manage 27 properties and 6 conservation easements totaling 578 acres. Membership dues and contributions provide for management of these properties.


The Cheshire Land Trust Governing Board meets monthly, usually the 3rd Thursday, 7:00 PM at the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce office located at 195 S. Main St.

If you would like to attend, contact Janice Bryden or Tim Slocum 203-272-3529 or Dave Schrumm 203-272-2689.

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