Heritage Land Preservation Trust

Heritage works with interested landowners on the conservation options available to them as well as the tax and other benefits available in preserving land through a land trust.

What is a Land Trust?

A Land Trust is a private community-based non-profit land conservation organization that works to protect land and water resources for the benefit of everyone. The Heritage Land Preservation Trust (HLPT) is a regional land trust based in Torrington, Connecticut. Since 1968 HLPT has preserved over 600 acres of farmland, forest, and ecologically valuable wetlands in Torrington, Winchester, and New Hartford. The Trust operates without a paid staff. We depend on the hard work of dedicated volunteers and the financial support of people in the community.

Heritage works with interested landowners on the conservation options available to them and the tax and other benefits available in preserving land through a land trust. Not all land will meet Heritage’s purposes, but we are available to talk to you about any land that you might be interested in preserving.

Why is a Land Trust Good for Torrington?

When the trust was formed, memories and fears of Rachel Carlson’s “Silent Spring” were still fresh in the minds of many Americans. Our rivers were polluted. On hot days the skies were laden with a smog-generated haze. Our landscape was being gobbled up by sprawl.

Today, our rivers are much cleaner, the skies are mostly blue, not gray, and a substantial amount of land has been preserved. Our quality of life has been enhanced. We’d like to think that the Heritage Land Preservation Trust has done something to improve life in the area.

Importance of Properties

Every piece of property is important in one way or another. Several tracts either contain watercourses, wetlands or provide a natural buffer for wetlands, including Water Company property. Some sites are of historic value, including the Coe Brass Dam, one of the last vestiges of the Brass Industry in Torrington. That site includes a nice park where neighbors can gather to watch the wildlife and take in the beauty of the site. It may be the nicest spot on the river in downtown. 

The Irving Mills Trail in the Pleasantview tract offers a chance for birding on well-developed paths. The Bowman tract, in conjunction with the Sullivan Senior Center, offers garden space to the senior citizens in town (thanks to the efforts and hard work of a neighbor). One of our properties borders the Sue Grossman Bike path. Several of our properties border and augment state-owned land. Being fortunate enough to own property next to land trust land adds value to those neighboring properties.

The Board of HLPT realize the importance of giving something back to our community.

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