Wilton Land Conservation Trust
An independent community-focused nonprofit dedicated to conservation and community.
The WLCT welcomes all to our kid-friendly and family workdays. Drop-offs are OK.
Stewardship Sundays — led by WLCT and its youth interns — is an opportunity for people of all ages to get out there, improve the environment, meet like-minded folk, and take home some skills to apply in their yard and garden.
There are many ways you can help the Wilton Land Conservation Trust with its mission. Together, we can advance conservation efforts to enhance the forests and meadows we call home.
Put your skills, passions, and philanthropy to work by getting involved with the WLCT.
Members of Wilton Land Conservation Trust share a vision of how Wilton should look in the future and how important it is to maintain our connections to nature. It takes the collective financial support of many to assure that our land will be preserved and made available for everyone to enjoy. We hope you will become a recognized member.
Who We Are
Concerned by the residential subdivisions that were supplanting the places we once walked and hiked, the founders of Wilton Land Conservation Trust (the "Land Trust") sought to prevent the loss of Wilton’s unique natural, scenic, historical and recreational values. 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.
WHAT IS THE LAND TRUST?
Closely tied to its community, the Land Trust is not a municipal government body, although it works in partnership with the Town of Wilton. The Wilton Land Conservation Trust is organized as a charitable organization that brings a variety of tax benefits to those who donate land, conservation easements, or funding. Because the Land Trust is a private organization, it can be flexible and creative in ways not possible for public agencies.
HOW DOES THE LAND TRUST WORK?
The Wilton Land Conservation Trust is led by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees made up of residents of Wilton. One hundred percent of its funding is derived from the generous support of local citizens, primarily through membership donations. It takes time, effort, and a long-term commitment to run the Land Trust because it must pledge to own land in perpetuity to maintain its charitable tax status.
WHY WORK WITH US?
Anyone wishing to preserve the woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and watercourses of Wilton in perpetuity can turn to the Land Trust — a group that understands the concerns of the community and the needs of the landowners.
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