Since 1977 we have worked to conserve our ecological inheritance from unbridled development.  Whether you’re a local business or resident, there’s a role for everyone to help us purchase and protect our remaining open space. Membership dues help pay of the operating expenses of the Trust. These include the cost of property boundary surveys, property signs, renting facilities for our annual public meetings/educational events, recording of deeds and easements, legal representation, etc. Your membership dues are tax deductible.  There are two ways to donate:


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Help us maintain and add to our trail system, including the wheelchair accessible boardwalk on the Enchanted Trail. You can get the name or you or a loved one engraved on the boardwalk.

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Help us put up a signs and/or trailmap at each of our preserves.

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Receive our quarterly newsletter about environmental issues in Bethel and Fairfield County and a Bethel Land Trust bumpersticker.

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Receive our quarterly newsletter about environmental issues in Bethel and Fairfield County.

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Donate Land

Today the Bethel Land Trust owns 252 acres

The foundation of the Bethel Land Trust's open space protection activities continues to be our work with private landowners, primarily through land donations.

Donation can be two main ways :

  • Donation of land- immediate transfer of the land which you may take as a tax write off, including any capital gains
  • Remainder of interest- where you donate the land now and enjoy tax benefits while continuing to use it but it tranfers to the Land Trust upon your passing

Find out more about donating land

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Donate Conservation Easement

The Bethel Land Trust holds conservation easements on 8 acres.

A conservation easement is a tool for landowners to protect the natural resources and /or preserve the scenic beauty of their property while retaining ownership of the land. The easement is either voluntarily donated or sold by the landowner to the land trust. It constitutes a legally binding agreement that limits certain types of uses or prevents development from taking place on the land in perpetuity while the land remains in private hands. The conservation easement remains in effect even when the land is sold or inherited.

Find out more about easements