About Our Land Trust

The mission of the Harwinton Land Trust is to acquire and conserve important parcels of natural open space for the benefit of Harwinton and its residents.

The Harwinton Land Trust was founded in 1972 by three town residents who had the foresight to recognize that suburban sprawl could degrade the rural charm of Harwinton and its natural resources. Now, close to 50 years later, the Land Trust has grown to about 160 members strong.

Currently, the Harwinton Land Trust owns over 170 acres of open space, and another 90 acres held in conservation easement.  The public is most welcome to visit the properties that we directly own, and to enjoy our trails and wildlife observation areas (click here for hiking maps).  Please take the time to look through all of our properties listed on this site.  They  contain some of the nicest natural features in Harwinton.  You’ll really enjoy visiting them.

Land Trust members actively maintain our properties and regularly inspect conservation easements to assure compliance. Funds collected through annual appeals and various fund raisers are used to protect and maintain our properties, and to keep our promise of natural open space protection.

We hope to add to our holdings, but only if land has importance for natural resource conservation, passive recreation, or historic/education significance (see our Open Space Plan).  Donations of land to the Trust can confer substantial tax benefits to private land owners.  In turn, donors will know that the land they cherish will be protected from development in perpetuity. If you have any questions about making such a donation, please email us. We will do our very best to provide information that would be helpful to you.  If you happen to know any of our officers or directors, it would be best to contact them directly: 2021 Officers, Directors

Finally, please contact us at info@harwintonlandtrust.org with any questions or suggestions you may have. We will be very happy to respond. We would also appreciate being informed of any problems (fallen trees blocking a trail, litter, etc.) that you may see while out hiking our areas. Your input will help us take care of the problem in a timely manner.  Also, please consider contributing (click here for Contribution Form) to the Harwinton Land Trust, or would be willing to contribute a little of your time improving our properties for public use or wildlife conservation. We have several half-day work parties each year. They are fun and a great way to make new friends.

Due to the Covid pandemic, no work parties were held last year, and our Annual Meeting was cancelled.  We hope to resume both of these activities as soon as we are able.  In the meantime, members are keeping the trails clear for your continued use.