The Shelton Land Conservation Trust promotes preservation
of our precious natural resources to enhance the quality of the local
environment for the benefit of current and future generations.
We seek to provide open space for residents and habitat for native plants
and wild creatures through land acquisition and protection. Another
goal is to educate others about the value of ecological awareness, preservation
and participation in conservation activities.
offers many wonderful resources for those wishing to learn more about
our environment from both a local and and global perspective.
Follow the following links to learn more:
Shelton Land Conservation
Trust Brochure - Download a pdf file of our current brochure containing
information about the trust and it's properties.
Shelton Trails - http://www.sheltontrails.org
- The most comprehensive resource for information on open space in
Shelton. Includes sections on local open spaces, trails, conservation,
local government involvement, citizen organizations and activities.
Land Trust Alliance - http://www.lta.org/
- Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is the national leader
of the private land conservation movement, promoting voluntary land
conservation across the country and providing resources, leadership
and training to the nation's 1,200-plus nonprofit, grassroots land
trusts, helping them to protect important open spaces. The Land Trust
Alliance promotes voluntary land conservation and strengthens the
land trust movement by providing the leadership, information, skills,
and resources land trusts need to conserve land for the benefit of
communities and natural systems.
Connecticut Forest and Park Association - http://www.ctwoodlands.org/
Over the past century, CFPA has been instrumental in the acquisition of more than 100 state parks and forests for public use and enjoyment. Today, CFPA continues to champion the needs of Connecticut's public recreational facilities for the funding, personnel and equipment necessary to maintain and improve these natural treasures.
In addition to protecting land for public enjoyment, CFPA's visionary leaders established the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System in 1929 which traverses public and private lands throughout Connecticut and is enjoyed by thousands of citizens each year. Today, approximately 825 miles of trails are maintained by hundreds of CFPA volunteers working in cooperation with many public and private landowners.
The Nature Conservancy - http://www.tnc.org/
- The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit organization founded in 1951,
is the world's largest private international conservation group.
Working with communities, businesses and people like you, we protect
millions of acres of valuable lands and waters worldwide. The mission
of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural
communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting
the lands and waters they need to survive.
The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut.
The Audubon Society - http://www.audubon.org/
- Founded in 1905, the mission of the National Audubon Society is
to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and
other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological
CT Dept. of Environmental Protection - http://dep.state.ct.us/
- The mission of the Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) is to conserve, improve and protect the natural resources
and environment of the State of Connecticut in such a manner as to
encourage the social and economic development of Connecticut while
preserving the natural environment and the life forms it supports
in a delicate, interrelated and complex balance, to the end that the
state may fulfill its responsibility as trustee of the environment
for present and future generations.
Kellogg Environmental Center - http://dep.state.ct.us/educ/kellogg/kec.htm
- State run DEP facility adjacent to Osborndale
State Park in Derby, Connecticut offering environmental education
programs and resources - a local gem.
Appalachian Mountain Club - http://www.outdoors.org/
- Over 100 years old, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes outdoor
recreation and enjoyment and is a strong proponent for conservation
of the natural environment. The AMC is the leading maintainer
of hiking trails in Connecticut and New England. Many local outings
and programs available through the Connecticut
Invasive Plant Management - The Shelton Land Conservation
Trust has inititated a long term program to control and manage invasive
plants on our property. Invasives pose a serious threat to local ecosystems
and wildlife habitat. The following links offer information and resources:
Invasive Plant Working Group
Plants in Conecticut - Dept. of Agriculture
Plant Atlas of New England
Species Info from The New England Wild Flower Assn.