Become a Member
Support Wilton's Open Spaces
The Wilton Land Conservation Trust is funded entirely by the generosity of our Members.
Every gift supports Wilton's open spaces and goes toward our programs, operations, and conservation efforts.
Your tax-deductible contribution is essential to our efforts to enhance conservation and expand environmental awareness across the Wilton community.
"A big reason folks are moving to our state right now is our open space. Could there be a more important time or better way to preserve this quintessential Connecticut asset than supporting the Wilton Land Conservation Trust?"
- Peter Denious
Become A Member
WLCT Members play a significant role in safeguarding and enhancing Wilton's historic, scenic, and rural landscapes. We're only able to do what we do because of you. Our Members contribute to a collective vision of protecting, preserving, and improving Wilton's open spaces. Join us as we embark on a new and exciting 2021 by becoming a Member today!
"One of our favorite things about Wilton is the walks we can take through nature. It’s the Wilton Land Trust, through their dedication and foresight, that make these varied areas accessible. We appreciate that they are looking to the future and are still acquiring land to protect and to create new paths to explore. Thank you to all the dedicated members."
- Clare and Robert Rainone
Leave Legacy with Planned Giving
Everyone can create a lasting conservation legacy by naming the Wilton Land Conservation Trust as a beneficiary in their will or living trust, life insurance, or retirement accounts. Including the Wilton Land Conservation Trust in your estate planning is an honorable way to preserve Wilton's rural character and ensure that open space exists for generations to come. Please contact us to learn more and to receive a bequest form.
Leaving a Conservation legacy
Want to your donate land, but continue to live on it? Through a land gift with a reserved life-estate, beneficiaries have the right to use the property during their lifetimes. When the beneficiaries have passed away, control of the property transfers to the WLCT. If you're interested in leaving a legacy, please contact us to learn more.
Naming the WLCT in your Will
You can donate land or a conservation easement to the Wilton land Conservation Trust through your will or living trust. A bequest in your will directs your estate's executor to give the land or a conservation easement to us. A living trust achieves the same results but avoids the probate process. This option may also reduce your taxable estate.
If you are interested in this option, we hope you will work with us to develop the terms for the future easement and the language for your will or trust. To learn more, please contact us.
Preserve Your Land Forever
Many landowners would like to see the land they care about protected and preserved for generations to come. There are several ways that private landowners and the Wilton Land Conservation Trust can achieve your conservation goals.
The donation of land to the Wilton land Conservation Trust is a generous option that offers many tax benefits. Please contact us to learn more.
Donating a Conservation Easement
Donating a conservation easement permanently protects your land. An easement may cover all or part of your land and will apply to all future owners. Easement donations typically qualify as a charitable contribution; an appraiser must verify your gift's value. Landowners usually make tax-deductible contributions toward the cost of conservation. Please contact us to learn more.
Sell your Land
When a unique property is at risk of being lost forever, and we can find funding, we may buy the land. Land that we would consider buying includes properties that harbor cultural or historical importance, abut with other protected land, has the potential to enhance public recreation, and rich with biodiversity and ecological value.