Our Mission

To preserve Roxbury’s heritage and landscape, the Roxbury Land Trust focuses on the following:

Conserving Open Space

The Land Trust maintains 32 preserves, with most open to the public. Many of the preserves are linked together, creating large tracts of pristine land. Today, more than 3,800 acres are conserved as open space under the Trust’s stewardship.

Preserving Roxbury's History

The Mine Hill Preserve provides one of the best examples of 19th century mining history in Northwest Connecticut. On other preserves, traces of Roxbury’s past can be found in old foundations, dams and stonewalls, and in the 1849 Good Hill Schoolhouse on Tophet Road.

Saving our Farms

To sustain Roxbury’s rural and agricultural heritage, the Roxbury Land Trust maintains and leases over 450 acres of farmland and works with local farmers to provide grazing and crop production opportunities on certain preserves.

Protecting our Waterways

A key focus of the Land Trust is to protect the Shepaug River and associated tributaries. The Yale Study of the Shepaug River Preserves was completed in 2006 by Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies students.

Offering Recreational Access

Recreational opportunities abound on the preserves and the 30 miles of blazed hiking trails with various access points. Trail maps are available at the Land Trust office, Roxbury Town Hall, Minor Memorial Library and Maple Bank Farm.

Educating All Ages about our Environment

The Trust organizes educational walks and hikes throughout the year, working with local groups and schools to enhance environmental awareness.