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Monthly CLT Events

Colchester Land Trust typically conducts its outings on the first Sunday of each month at 1:00pm, although that is not carved in stone. Far from it! Like everyone else, CLT and our membership are adapting to the new realities. Despite this, LIFE GOES ON.


Although it seems like all organizations are shuttered, most are not. Like the Land Trust, other organizations and their volunteers are doing the best they can to maintain and prepare for the day when society opens up again. 


Although you and your family may seem to be imprisoned by the coronavirus, you are not! Spring and summer remain the wonderful times of the year that they have always been, even if our human efforts to fill the time with entertainment and diversions may be stifled. On our individual levels, there is still life to live, still sunshine and raindrops, flowers, peepers, starlight and sunrises. Do yourself a favor and go outside to enjoy life. Take a walk. Feel the breeze. Smell the air! Think about it.

CLT: Adapting to the effects of Covid-19.

Your land trust planned several hikes and events for 2020 ... but our optimistic schedule fell apart! Real-world events required adjustments. The protocols required of the pandemic preclude getting together in groups, at least in any fun way. Sure, we would often be outdoors, but the spontaneous and intimate aspects of our hikes and events would be lost.

Our schedule of activities has been greatly reduced, but CLT is still active through this time of social distancing!

  • Your land trust's 200-Acre Campaign has paid off the loans that allowed the purchase of a large property (Bulkeley Hill Preserve) and acquisition of a significant easement (Tangletree Farm).

  • Two student board members have joined CLT, bringing us fresh ideas and energy

  • CLT achieved re-accreditation from the national Land Trust Alliance 

  • The much anticipated BHP parking lot has come to fruition and will be open to the public by November!

We owe much to our membership and benefactors for helping to make this possible. Thank You!

Be Involved

If you enjoy the outdoors and appreciate our efforts, get involved. The Colchester Land Trust is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization protecting open space in Colchester. Protecting land takes time and requires funding. Every little bit helps; we welcome any contribution of time, money or expertise. Use the "Contact"or "Donate" buttons to make a difference. Thank you; we appreciate your help.

Annual Salmon River 5.5 Mile Run

The Colchester Land Trust conducts an earth-friendly road race each May on the Saturday before Mother's Day.  The 'hybrid' race features a variety of terrain, gorgeous scenery, and a post race feast that cannot be beat! For more information, please visit the race page at:  www.salmonriverrun.org or contact race directors, Cathy Shea at racedirector@salmonriverrun.org.

Our popular Salmon River Run was held on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 ... instead of the usual May running.

A crowd of more than 100 runners came out in support of this popular annual event! Our sponsors were wonderful to maintain their contributions! It was a beautiful autumn day and everyone had a fine time, despite the curtailed scope of this wonderful event. Many even thought it would be a good idea to always hold this traditional May event in the fall. In these times of change and uncertainty, who knows! We just may do that. Or not.

Monthly Meetings

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at 7:00pm - Town Hall

The Colchester Land Trust regularly meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Colchester Town Hall.  Our meetings are open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The Colchester Land Trust annually devotes one of its meetings to a social gathering of all friends, members, and interested citizens.  Typically taking place in the month of June, the annual friends and members meeting is a wonderful venue for getting to know the officers, board members, general membership, partners and others involved with your local Land Trust.  It is a great way to learn what we've been up to, to celebrate our accomplishments over the year and to learn more about current projects. 

Colchester Land Trust Scholarship

CLT annually invests in the future of the environment and conservation by offering a $1,000 college scholarship to a Bacon Academy senior planning to further his or her education in environmental science, conservation, or a related field of study.  For more information, or to apply for the CLT's scholarship, please contact the Bacon Academy Guidance Dept.

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