Founded in 1965 to benefit the general public through the preservation of natural areas, fish and wildlife, and working farmland, Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust is now the largest land trust in Connecticut and the 18th largest in the United States by the number of lands we protect.
Over our almost 50 year history, Weantinoge has permanently protected more than 9,000 acres in 17 communities throughout Northwest Connecticut. The organization’s protected lands include designated wilderness areas, 15 working farms, streambelts, viewsheds, critical watershed lands, and 14 nature preserves open to the public with 18 miles of hiking trails.
Weantinoge’s Board of Directors prioritizes strategic regional acquisitions and science-based land preservation and management. Weantinoge works with local communities and conservation partners to identify threatened and ecologically valuable properties for permanent protection and to promote strategic regional conservation goals that extend beyond town boundaries. Once acquired, Weantinoge applies the highest stewardship standards and practices to ensure the lands’ natural character is forever safeguarded.
As a leader in regional conservation, Weantinoge has received the state’s highest land trust award for land preservation, was recognized by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council for its leadership role and collaborative land conservation efforts, and was awarded a 2013 EPA Environmental Merit Award for its outstanding commitment to preserving and protecting the natural environment. In addition to its conservation work, each year Weantinoge provides free environmental education and outreach programs to more than 200 children and families.