The mission of the Harwinton Land Trust is to acquire and preserve important parcels of natural open space for the benefit of Harwinton and its residents.
The Harwinton Land Trust was founded and incorporated 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, more than 40 years later, the Land Trust has grown to about 150 members strong. Our goal is to acquire and preserve important parcels of natural open space for the benefit of Harwinton and the public. We do this by accepting donations of land from property owners who wish to preserve their natural open spaces or farms against development. In turn, donors of land are rewarded with substantial tax incentives, and the knowledge that the land they cherish will be protected from development in perpetuity.
Currently, the Harwinton Land Trust owns over 170 acres of open space, and another 90 acres held in conservation easement. We hope to add to our holdings, but only if land has importance for natural resource conservation, passive recreation, or farming. The public is most welcome to visit our properties and to enjoy our trails and wildlife observation areas. Land trust members actively maintain our properties and regularly inspect conservation easement land to assure compliance. Funds collected through membership dues and various fund raisers are used to protect and maintain our properties, and to keep our promise of natural open space protection.