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Rivers & Coastal

A Unique And Mighty Regional Ecosystem

Photo: Old Saybrook Land Trust

Lower Connecticut River Land Trust Small Stewardship Grant 
Grant applications must be submitted by May 15th

The Lower Connecticut River 
19 Town Trail Challenge

 November 1, 2022 to December 31st 2023

All proceeds will benefit a stewardship fund dedicated to the care of the preserved land of the lower Connecticut River land trusts and communities.


The Land Trust’s Alliance, Standards and Practices have been adopted as the LCRLT guiding principles.



Land Trusts of the Lower Connecticut River Valley offer plenty of spaces to relax, exercise, and connect with nature.



Contribute your skills and interests to further conservation, environmental education, and help care for beautiful preserved properties.



Acquisition of land for conservation purposes is critical to protect our River Valley's great natural places.

The Mission of the Lower Connecticut River Land Trust is to conserve, study, steward, and promote the unique values and scientific significance, natural and working lands, and historic, ecologic, cultural, and scenic resources of the communities of the lower Connecticut River Valley Region.

Events and Information Sessions

Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC)


March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

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News & Announcements

Governor Lamont Announces $7.5 Million in State Grants To Preserve 1,013 Acres of Open Space and Renew Green Spaces in Urban Areas


3 of the Region's Land Trusts Awarded: 

Town: East Haddam
Project Name: The Saunders Property
Sponsor: East Haddam Land Trust
Grant: $198,250
Total Area: 68.88 acres

Town: East Hampton and Portland
Project Name: Meshomasic’s Rattlesnake Brook Preserve
Sponsor: Middlesex Land Trust, Inc.
Grant: $364,000
Total Area: 147.4 acres

Town: Killingworth
Project Name: Duffy/Greer Property
Sponsor: Killingworth Land Conservation Trust
Grant: $78,000
Total Area: 24 acres

Melvin Woody Lower Connecticut River Conservation Award 2022

Recipient John Hall, Executive Director and Volunteers of the Jonah Center for Earth and Art

John's commitment to the continued management of the invasive water chestnut (Trapa natans) in the Connecticut River and her wetlands. We would like to recognize John’s, and the Centers volunteers’ efforts in the fight to combat invasive aquatic species in the floating meadows wetland located between Middletown and Cromwell but in particular for his effort to coordinate needed volunteer efforts in the 2022 collection of water chestnut from the main stem, coves and tributaries of the River following the devastating release of the very invasive plant from a retention pond in Hartford in 2021. His coordination of many volunteers over the summer has contributed greatly to saving the lower Connecticut River from being overwhelmed by this most invasive aquatic plant.


We are inspired by John’s broad conservation commitment to our region. As the Center’s website declares, “The Jonah Center for Earth and Art inspires and organizes the wider “environmental community” in the greater Middletown, Connecticut area to improve the quality of life for all residents – human and non-human.”


We would like to whole heartedly thank John and all the volunteers of the Jonah Center for their commitment to improving the lives of both the citizens and the wildlife of the lower Connecticut River region through their conservation efforts and in particular their efforts regarding elimination of water chestnut from the Connecticut River and her estuary.

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