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Nate Steers presents a $500 check to RLT President Steven Schinke and Executive Director Susan Payne. Nate made maple syrup which he sold to promote community awareness for the Land Trust for his Senior Project at Shepaug High School.
Photo by Joe Godfrey


Roxbury Land Trust is applying for accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, the gold standard for the operation of a land trust. LTAC, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, invites your comment on our benefit to you and the Town of Roxbury. Comments must relate to national quality standards addressing the ethical and technical operation of land trusts. For the full list of Standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices. Send signed comments by e-mail to info@landtrustaccreditation.org or by mail to
by May 22, 2015. Thirteen (13) land trusts in Connecticut are accredited.

Highlights from 2014

  • In February 2014 the Painter Hill Neighborhood responded quickly and generously to a challenge to preserve in perpetuity 120 acres of pristine open upland and forest called the Greenbelt Expansion Project. This project is an uninterrupted greenbelt of 720 acres stretching from Painter Hill Road at the north to Grassy Hill Road at the south of the airstrip at Good Hill Farm. Rebecca Miller offered to donate 100 acres if RLT purchased a contiguous parcel of 20 acres. Purchase completed and donation of land made! Now RLT must complete its mini-campaign of $165,000. $158,300 has been donated to date. RLT invites you to join the challenge with a gift today.

  • The Tierney Preserve parking area was washed out by heavy spring rains and has been reconstructed.

  • In June RLT welcomed John Yarbrough to the Board of Directors and thanked Jim Conway and Richard Frank for their many years of service.

  • Good Hill Farm Preserve was recognized by the State Register of Historic Places as one of 200 important agricultural properties in Connecticut.

    Highlights from 2013

  • RLT welcomed two new Board members: Mark Booth and Ed Racz.

  • Nate Steers, Troop 65 Eagle Scout, installed a number of new sign posts marking the foundations of buildings that existed in the 1860's at our Mine Hill Preserve for his Eagle Scout project.

  • Sean Irwin, Troop 65 Eagle Scout, constructed a new shed to protect the Mine Hill Preserve historic tumbler.

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