Dear Neighbor...

Dear Land Trust Neighbor and New Canaan Resident:

As you might know, you live next to one of the many properties and conservation easements that comprise the New Canaan Land Trust. You may even be acting as a
steward of the property adjacent to yours. The New Canaan Land Trust was established in 1967 by a group of residents who cared deeply about New Canaan and its natural landscape. The NCLT currently owns 329 acres of conservation land and 50 acres of conservation easement throughout New Canaan. The primary mission of the NCLT is to preserve and protect land in New
Canaan for enjoyment of residents, to protect natural habitat, and to preserve the scenic beauty of our town.

The NCLT is run by a group of volunteers with deep roots in the community and a commitment to land preservation. We also have many individual volunteers and
groups including the Boy Scouts, Service League of Boys, the Girl Scouts and the Friends of the Earth from NCHS who contribute many hours to stewardship of these
properties. We would welcome your participation in this effort if you are so inclined.

At this point in our history, we have begun the process of applying for official accreditation with the land trust accreditation commission in order to ensure operational best practices and attract additional funding to support preservation
work. If you have an interest in learning more about this work we would be happy to discuss the details. As stewards of the NCLT, the board is responsible for monitoring and maintaining all Land Trust properties and conservation easements. This includes inspecting properties and visiting at reasonable times in order to ensure properties remain in
their natural state as envisioned by the original donors. The NCLT inspects properties throughout the year and, as inspections are completed, remediation is prioritized and implemented if needed. Nature lovers may walk the open trailed properties provided they do not disturb land, flora or fauna.

Neighbors of Land Trust properties play an important role in protecting NCLT land adjacent to their properties. If you notice any evidence of trespass, hunting,
vandalism, dumping, encroachment, or any safety hazards on the property, please
contact us so we can address the situation. Connecticut legislation allows land conservation organizations to enforce their ownership and easement rights against encroachment with penalties of up to five times the cost of restoration.

Thank you for all you do in support of the NCLT and the property or easement next to you. If you would like to learn more about and/or become more involved in the NCLT,
please let us know – we are always looking for dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers. You can reach us at newcanaanlandtrust@gmail.com or New Canaan Land Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 425, New Canaan, CT 06840

Here's to a great 2016,
The Board of the New Canaan Land Trust