About the Bethel Land Trust

Mission Statement

We are a private, nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements.

Our goal of land conservation is to permanently preserve sensitive natural areas, farmland, water sources, cultural resources or notable landmarks forever so as to help preserve or improve the quality of life of Bethel, CT residents..

History

Established in 1977, the Bethel Land Trust is an all-volunteer, non-profit Connecticut Corporation devoted to preserving open space and the natural resources of Bethel.

The first gift of open space property to the Land Trust occurred in 1979. In the succeeding years, the Land Trust has received additional gifts from eighteen donors. The parcels, ranging in size from less than one acre to over 60 acres, are found throughout the town. Property now under the protection of the Land Trust exceeds 250 acres.

The Land Trust also played a major role in developing the Enchanted Trail, a public trail blazed with diamond-shaped yellow markers that crosses Bethel from Meckauer Park in the north to Huntington Park in the south.

A board of directors manages the land trust. As a local organization we coordinate efforts with the region's other land trusts and participate in a state wide land trust association organized by The Connecticut Land Conservation Council

Board of Directors

  • Frank Borysiewicz, President
  • Don Warfield, Vice-President
  • Mary Ann Kulla, Secretary
  • John O'Neill, Treasurer
  • Josh Adams
  • Sherry Duvall
  • Lou Valenti
  • Vincent Nero
  • Harold Boyer

 

Economic Benefits of Conservation

  • Increased property values augment municipal tax revenue in addition to building home owner wealth
  • Flood reduction
  • Water purification and protection of aquifers and reservoirs
  • Conservation of land mitigates the stress on and the cost of our municipal services
  • Provides a natural environment for free recreation

 

Ecological Benefits of Conservation

  • Diffuses pollutants associated with storm runoff
  • Helps regulate climate and prevent local heat island effect during summer
  • Conserves habitat for multiple flora and fauna species
  • Provides corridors for animals to safely migrate through

 

Health Benefits of Conservation

  • Provide free area for outdoor recreation and exercise
  • Noise reduction- noise pollution can disrupt sleep, increase stress levels, and contribute to hypertension
  • Light pollution reduction - light pollution can disrupt sleep and increase stress levels
  • Ozone reduction- ozone is a major trigger of asthma attacks
  • Farmland preservation helps provide easier access to fresh, local produce