About

Almost 600 acres of land has been preserved forever through the Cheshire Land Trust.
This land includes farms, forest, wetland and meadow. Some properties are important for their historical relevance or sensitive ecosystems. These properties come to the land trust in a variety of ways from conservation easements to fee ownership or land donation.

Who We Are

2020 Officers

 

Joy VanderLek
President

 

Karen Schnitzer
Vice President

 

David Schrumm
Treasurer

Sue Stanley

Secretary

Board of Directors

Matt Abdifar

Linda Blackburn

Mark Hall

John Hilzinger

Elsa Loehmann
 

Jim Mertz

Pamela Roach

Karen Schnitzer

Dave Schrumm

Randy Solomon

Bill Stanley

Sue Stanley

Joy VanderLek

 


Stewards

 

Katie Bateson

Linda Blackburn

Joanna deBear

Scott Ellis

Tim Endriss

Sigrun Gadwa

Bob Giddings

Joanna Giddings

John Hilzinger

Cody Leaman

Elsa Loehmann

Jim Mertz

Nicholas Motmans

Ben Motmans

Jeanna Motmans

Jeff Nelson

Eric Peele

Pam Roach

Veronica Schaefer

Scott Schaefer

Karen Schnitzer

Dave Schrumm

Randy Solomon

Sue Stanley

Bill Stanley

Joy VanderLek

Tim Weiland

Our Mission

Preserve

 natural resources of the State of Connecticut, including water resources, marshland, swamp, woodland, open spaces and the plant and animal life therein.
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.

Our History

An old ledger documents the beginning of the Cheshire Land Trust. A group of concerned citizens met at the home of Emma “Lee” and Seymour Pelz on Cheshire Street on March 26, 1969. Twelve people gave $5 each to start the Trust.
 

Twelve people... five dollars
 

The foresight of this small group is remarkable. They planted the seed for a land trust at a time when the environmental movement was just starting to sweep the country.

 

By the end of 1969, more people had joined. In the following year, the Trust accepted its first gift, a 40-acre forested parcel on Cheshire’s western ridge.

 

Others helped the seed grow. Landowners gifted land out of love for their land, some of which had been in their family for decades. Several individuals left monetary bequests. Finally, there are the many members who have paid their dues every year and made additional contributions over the years.

 

Understanding why we all have chosen Cheshire to raise our families is easy with all the pastoral beauty and open spaces.

 

Help us to maintain the quality of Cheshire’s natural resources with your financial and volunteer support.

   ---- By David Schrumm

The Cheshire Land Trust Governing Board meets the third Thursday of each month at the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce office, 195 S Main St. #2, Cheshire, CT 06410. Meetings begin at 7p.m. You are welcome to join us.
 

Cheshire Land Trust, P.O.Box 781, Cheshire, CT 06410

CLT is an all-volunteer, private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization committed to conservation. We are not affiliated with the town of Cheshire. We do not receive taxpayer monies. Our organization is wholly funded by our membership.

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Phone: 203-806-0258

CheshireLandTrust@gmail.com

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