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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 Winter

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 -501( c) 3 corporation funded entirely by donor contributions from members of the community. We receive no taxpayer support.

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Stewardship Day Rescheduled
Saturday March 5th


Due to the heavy snow, the February 6th Stewardship Day at Ives Farm has been cancelled.

We hope hope to see you at our next stewardship Saturday March 5, 2016 Details will follow.

Acquisition News

Inverness Glen

Inverness Glen

Thanks to the generosity of Whitney & Lori Watts and Chris Baillie, donors of a 4.7 acre property on Inverness Court, the Trust now has a direct connection to the 40 acre Russell Family Preserve it abutts along its westerly reach from Inverness Court. The area has been named “Inverness Glen”. A glen is a hollow or valley (traversed by a stream or river); a steep narrow-sided valley. This property certainly meets that descriptive name. The property has a narrow frontage along Inverness Court where a stream crosses under the road on its decent to Willow brook. The densely forested hilly terrain widens as it reaches to the Russell property. This property is part of a 171 connected acres owned by the state, town and CLT.



All trails open at Ives & Pelz Farm as of January 1st, 2016


Explore Cheshire's natural, historic and beautiful places

Roaring Brook Fed Wetlands

Ives Winter - Photo by Tim Slocum


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. CLT is a 501(c)3 tax exempt corporation. Your donations are tax deductable. We receive no taxpayer funds.


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.

Webmaster: Tim Slocum     Site last updated: February 5, 2016

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