The Westbrook Land Conservation Trust came into being at a time when there was a great deal of concern over the rapid development of the ecologically valuable salt marshes. With the donation of a privately held piece of salt marsh on Hammock Rd. the Land Trust was incorporated in 1968.
Since incorporation through May, 2012 the Land Trust has concentrated on the preservation of open space by acquiring 30 parcels totaling over 139 acres. Most of this land has come our way by donation from individuals and developers. One strategic piece of marsh on the Boston Post Rd. was purchased outright by the Land Trust. Additionally a conservation easement was granted for 51 acres.
Westbrook Land Conservation Trust is a tax exempt organization under Federal code 501(c)(3). Contributions can be land or financial through outright gifts, by will, gifts of remainder interest or by conservation easement.
The Westbrook Land Conservation Trust is made up of people, our neighbors, who collectively form a private corporation dedicated to helping preserve our natural resources and rural aspect of our town. The Land Trust offers the citizens of our community the opportunity to guarantee, in perpetuity, that the land they treasure for environmental reasons will be cared for according to their wishes.
The Land Trust cooperates with the Town through the Land Use Commissions, and the Forest and Conservation commissions in for open space.
The Land Trust also works with the State of Connecticut and adjoining towns to create Greenways. Greenways are preserved pieces of land owned by the state, towns, conservation commissions and other Land Trusts that connect to each other.