FAQ: New Name and Merger

Effective June 30th, Weantinoge will change its name to Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy. Simultaneously, Weantinoge and Naromi Land Trust (Naromi), the land trust for the Town of Sherman, plan to merge. This is a momentous time for our organization and the questions and answers below offer clarity and context for this important decision.

Why are you changing your name?

Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy more accurately reflects the work that we do. Our existing name, while cherished, made it difficult to communicate the breadth of our important work and its regional focus. The clarity will advance our mission to safeguard Northwest Connecticut’s natural and working lands, while helping us to attract new sources of support.

Has your mission or programs changed?

Not at all! You can count on the same team of professional staff working to safeguard natural lands and waters, protect farmland for future generations, and connect people to nature. Learn more about our conservation work here.

Why are Naromi and Weantinoge choosing to merge?

Merger enables our organizations to deliver services and benefits more efficiently and effectively, while better upholding the promise of perpetual land conservation.

Land trust work has become more technical and, like all land trusts, Naromi has promised to protect its land and easements forever. That requires financial and organizational resources beyond Naromi’s scope as a local organization. In addition, operating two separate organizations results in a duplication of administrative and management expenses that do not benefit our conservation programs and missions.

The Weantinoge and Naromi Boards of Directors have worked together to address these issues for several years and considered multiple partnership models from informal to project-based to merger. Our boards enthusiastically recommend merger as the best option to safeguard our lands, forever.

There will be a special meeting of Naromi members to approve the merger on June 13, 2020.  The effective date of the merger will be June 30, 2020. For more information, please visit the Naromi Land Trust merger webpage here.

What is happening with Naromi Land Trust’s lands and easements?

Naromi’s land and easements will be protected by Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy in perpetuity. Together with Weantinoge’s land holdings, Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy will protect 12,000 acres including 23 public preserves with hiking trails and more than 30 working farms.

How can I donate to Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy?

Beginning June 30, please make checks payable to Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy. Thank you for making great conservation possible. If you do accidentally make out a check to Weantinoge, don’t worry, we can still deposit it.

Where are your offices?

For now, our office will remain at 5 Maple Street in Kent. Our mailing address also remains the same: P.O. Box 821, Kent, CT 06757.

Has your contact info changed?

Our phone number will remain the same: 860-927-1927. Our email addresses will be updated in June and we will share that information closer to the launch date. Even after the merger, if you have @weantinoge.org or @naromi.org in your address book, it will still get to us.

What’s happening with social media?

Over time, we’ll retire the Naromi social media accounts and rename Weantinoge’s accounts to Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy. In the meantime, follow us @Weantinoge on Facebook and Instagram for updates as we transition to our new name.

If you have any questions, please contact Weantinoge’s Executive Director, Catherine Rawson, catherine@weantionge.org.