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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


  • In February the Painter Hill Neighborhood responded quickly and generously to a challenge to preserve in perpetuity 100 acres of pristine open upland and forest called the Greenbelt Expansion Project. This project will realize an uninterrupted greenbelt stretching from Painter Hill Road at the north to Grassy Hill Road at the south of the airstrip at Good Hill Farm. Rebecca Miller and Daniel Day-Lewis offered to donate 80 acres if RLT purchased a contiguous parcel of 20 acres. Purchase completed! Now RLT must complete its mini-campaign of $165,000. $147,300 has been donated to date. RLT invites you to join the challenge with a gift today.

  • 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 wasrecognized by the State Register of Historic Places as one of 200 important agricultural properties in Connecticut.

  • RLT is in the 2015 Round for Accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance.

    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 (top right photo) 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. His finished Eagle Scout project is shown in the lower right photo.

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