About Us

Originally named the West Farms Land Trust for the seventeenth century farmlands and woodlots west of the colony of New London, the Waterford Land Trust (WLT) was founded in 1974 by a group of Waterford citizens concerned with preserving natural areas throughout the community. Over the years WLT has conserved and managed Waterford and Montville properties ranging in size from 1/4 acre to 65 acres.  Click HERE for a map or go to our Land Sites Page.

What is a Trust? A private land trust focuses interest on preserving habitats and the needs of the community while working closely with the desires of the private property donors. WLT operates solely on membership contributions. Your membership support counts a great deal and helps your local Land Trust carry out its mission in conserving lands throughout your community of Waterford. Furthermore, conserving habitats is only the beginning of our responsibilities – all conserved properties need continual oversight, management, and maintenance work to ensure a lasting legacy for you and future generations. Consider volunteering with WLT! All skill levels are welcome.

As a volunteer, private, nonprofit organization, WLT relies on individuals and families for its continued support throughout the five districts of Waterford. We invite you to both enjoy using our properties, which have trails open to the public, and become a member of WLT by downloading and returning the Membership Application. Also, if you can assist us, please indicate in which area(s) you would like to volunteer. As a member, you will be kept abreast of our activities through receiving our Newsletters and being able to attend our Annual Meeting held in the Fall of each year.

Please join us in helping to conserve and protect natural areas in Waterford!

Volunteers help create trails on the Fitch’s Pond property with Board Member Jim Luce (far right).