Help Your Land Trust
Already a Member? You can help us protect open space in many ways: by serving as a volunteer on one of our projects to clear trails or preserve native plants. Or, if you have property you would like to protect through easement or outright gift, let us know. Our board members can walk you through the process and give you an idea of what each option entails.
Join Us as a Volunteer
The Hamden Land Conservation Trust is an all-volunteer organization. The Board of Trustees is a dedicated but small group, but with assistance from interested members, there is virtually no limit on what we can accomplish. We have standing committees that address various tasks: publicity & programs and acquisition & stewardship are two of the important ones. Help is needed with everything from approaching prospective donors to picking up litter and pulling invasive plants. With your help, we can do even more to fulfill our mission of preserving open space and educating the public. If you're interested in joining a work party or helping out in other ways, contact us.
Donations of land/property fall into two broad classifications: property that meets the Hamden Land Conservation Trust's criteria for permanent conservation, or property that can be sold or traded to benefit the overall mission of the Trust. We may also be able to help you if you wish to retain title to your land, but have it protected through conservation easement. The most common way to protect land is by “conservation easement.” A conservation easement (also known as a conservation restriction or conservation agreement) is a voluntary, legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. It allows landowners to continue to own and use their land, and they can also sell it or pass it on to heirs. The limits of the conservation easement ‘runs with the land,’ meaning that even if the land is inherited or sold the restrictions stay in place. Contact us for more information.