Canton Land Conservation Trust
The Mission of the Canton Land Conservation Trust is to acquire, preserve, and protect land of scenic, natural or historic value within the Town of Canton; to maintain this land and its plant and animal life using the best conservation, wildlife habitat, and forestry practices available; and to promote public awareness, understanding, and enjoyment of the land.
Register now for our Annual Dinner: March 26, 2019 at Seasons Restaurant in Avon Old Farms Hotel
See the List of Silent Auction Items donated for auction at the Annual Dinner
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Upcoming Events:

Annual Dinner and Silent Auction - March 26, 2019 at Seasons Restaurant at Avon Old Farms Hotel

Historian and New Hartford native Anne C. Hall, PhD. will discuss "Flowing wealth: the historical usage of Canton’s streams and ponds." Dr. Hall is the New Hartford Town Historian and a consultant to the Metropolitan District Commission, focusing on its watershed.

The evening will begin at 6 with a silent auction and cash bar, followed by dinner at 7 and Dr. Hall’s talk at 8. The cost is $40 for members, $45 for non-members and $20 for the talk only.

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Cross-Country Skiing - POSTPONED due to insufficient snow

Enough snowfall willing, the Land Trust will host an afternoon of cross-country skiing starting at 1 p.m. Sat. Jan. 26 - or whatever subsequent Saturday or Sunday first has enough snow - at the Sun, Wind and Woodland Preserve. Note that due to the uneven terrain, the event requires about one foot of snow on the ground to proceed.

Skiers of all levels are invited to dress for winter conditions and bring their skis to explore the beautiful winter trails with Land Trust Director John Pech. Plan on two to three hours of skiing.

Check back here to verify the event is on. If weather hasn't cooperated by the second weekend of March, we will try again next year.


Directions: From Rt. 44 turn onto Indian Hill Road and follow 1.4 miles to the end. Turn right onto Breezy Hill Road and continue up the hill about .5 miles, passing a red house on the left. About 100 yards past the house, turn left into the unpaved parking lot. 



Archaeology at the Mary Conklin Sanctuary

In October 2017 we explored the foundation of a former barn once used as part of the Town of Canton's poor farm.  Pictures of that activity now appear in our  Photo Gallery.

New England Cottontail Cut Completed at Sun, Wind and Woodland

The forestry work has been completed and we have now reopened the Sun, Wind and Woodland Preserve to the public. The cut was intentionally left "messy" with brush piles and slash left behind to provide cover for small mammals and to protect tree seedlings by discouraging deer browse. We look forward to seeing the cut rapidly change as it develops into the brushland habitat needed by New England Cottontails and many species of birds.

While the area is no longer closed, we urge people to stay out of the newly cut area. Please feel free to use the Sun, Wind, and Woodland On the eastern edge of the project, and the unmarked trail on the southwest border of the project. In addition to brush piles which might not be stable, the project deliberately leaves slash on the ground throughout the cut area. This material helps prevent erosion, encourages regrowth, and discourages deer from browsing on the new growth. It is deliberately difficult to walk through, so we urge people to stick to the trails.

For more information and pictures of the forestry work please visit our  Photo Gallery