Welcome to the Litchfield Land Trust Website.

Established in 1968 as one of Connecticut's earliest land trusts, LLT is dedicated to helping protect the New England character, scenic vistas and natural resources of Litchfield for present and future residents. Today, LLT owns approximately 1100 acres--including the 340-acre Prospect Mountain Preserve--and holds conservation easements on another 2100 acres."


The Litchfield Land Trust is a local private member-driven non-profit organization founded in 1968 dedicated to conserving the natural resources of Litchfield and conservation of critical lands through coordinated efforts with landowners, state and town agencies and conservation organizations.   LLT land is maintained in accordance with the highest standards of land stewardship.

In the Spotlight ...


The Litchfield Land Trust is a non-profit, member-supported land trust, incorporated in 1968.

In 2003, we completed our first purchase of land, Hassig Farm on Route 202, now renamed the "Graham Thompson Preserve", and in 2001 we raised the bulk of the funds – through a State matching grant, a foundation grant, and private contributions – toward the purchase of the 90-acre Haight property along the Bantam River, a property now owned and managed by The White Memorial Foundation that contributed its own funds to complete this acquisition.

Since 1968, Litchfield Land Trust has worked with Litchfield land owners interested in preserving their land as open space for the enjoyment of future generations through donations of land and donations of conservation easements.

In the News

Litchfield Land Trust Newsletter

In this issue, "Spring Pools"


A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a land owner and a land trust or government agency which permanently restricts uses of land in order to protect its conservation or scenic values. The owner continues to own the restricted land and may sell the land or pass it on to heirs subject to the restrictions.

The land trust is responsible for ensuring that the easement’s terms are followed. The easement may apply to just a portion of the land owner’s property and need not require public access.

If the donated easement benefits the public by permanently protecting important conservation resources and meets other federal tax code requirements, it can qualify as a tax-deductible charitable donation. The amount of the donation is the appraised difference between the land’s value with the easement and its value without the easement.

Perhaps most important, a conservation easement can be essential for passing land on to the next generation. By removing the land’s development potential, the easement lowers its market value, which in turn lowers any estate tax.

Please visit our Ian Branson, our land monitor, who visits and protects Litchfield Land Trust properties and easements at

Shepaug Property
Shepaug Property
Above, recent pictures taken by Litchfield Land Trust Board member Richard Heys of the Shepaug Crossing property, acquired in 2011.
Prospect Mountain
From the top of Prospect Mountain [Photo by Ira Shapiro]
Prospect Mountain Trail Days
Hiking Prospect Mountain on Trail Days 2015

The Litchfield Land Trust invites the public to hike its properties.


Monitoring of Land

Of the several dozen properties the Land Trust owns, or holds easements on, there are likely to be one or two properties near where you live. Descriptions of most of our properties and easements are on file at the Litchfield History Museum library in the center of town.

Interested members are encouraged to consult these reports during library hours and identify any property or properties which they would be interested in walking once a year to help fulfill our obligation to monitor our properties and ensure they are being maintained in their natural state. Members interested in such monitoring of a particular property are requested to send an email to so that one of our board members can call or meet with you to confirm the monitoring assignment.


The Land Trust welcomes help with its annual mailing at the end of each year.


If you would like to help support the preservation of Litchfield’s open space and rural character, please click the link below to make a donation.



Richard Heys, President
Peter Ebersol, Vice President
David Geiger, Secretary
Michael Italiaander, Treasurer


Dean Birdsall
John Fulkerson
Drew Harlow
Marie Kennedy
Peter Litwin
John Markelon
Marie McFadden
Herb Schettler
Ira Shapiro
Seth Warner
James Wu

Karen Huber, Executive Director


If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us.

Litchfield Land Trust, Inc.,
P.O. Box 712
Litchfield, CT 06759
(860) 361-9310



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