Your support protects our local environment and directly impacts where you live in ways that you can both see and experience. Donations from nearly 1,000 members paid for 74% of Aspetuck Land Trust's (ALT) total expenses of $232,000 in 2012. The balance comes from local foundations. We simply couldn’t do what we do without you.
Reason #1: Your Support Preserves Local Open Space
- In 2011, ALT preserved the 34-acre Randall's Farm property in Easton.
- In 2013, ALT helped to create Southport Park, a new 10-acre park in downtown Southport.
- ALT is restoring 12 acres of salt marsh in the heart of downtown Westport in the Saugatuck estuary which make for better views of the marsh and increased plant and animal diversity.
Randall's Farm Preserve in Easton
Reason #2: Your Support Protects Endangered Species
Eastern Newt in a Vernal Pool
- ALT conducted a wildlife survey in our 1,009 acre Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, one of the largest forest blocks in the region and called the “Lungs of Fairfield County” by Connecticut Audubon Society.
- 17 CT Endangered Species and 80 species of Greatest Conservation Need were discovered, along with 146 bird species!
- Trout Brook Valley contains one of the last great fields on the New England coastline making it a key stopover and breeding ground for migratory birds and raptors.
|Click here to see video from our hawk hike in the Trout Brook orchard – the last great field on the Northeast Coast.|
Reason #3: Your Support Gets More Children Outdoors
- Over 5,000 children have visited the Natural Playground at ALT's Leonard Schine Preserve in Westport and hundreds of families have participated in our Short Hikes for Short People. See the Children's Activities section to learn how you can get your kids outside.
|Nature through a child's eyes|
Reason #4: Your Support Creates Local Adventures
- Over 10,000 people a year visit our 1,009 acre Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area which has 20 miles of trails for hikers, x-country skiers, runners, mountain bikers, dog walkers, birders and equestrians. We also maintain 1,000 blueberry bushes for picking by our members.
- ALT educational hikes are a great way to explore the outdoors on our 44 trailed nature preserves.
- We educate the public about important environmental issues through our new Haskins Lecture Series.