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.
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Upcoming Events:

Flatbread Fundraiser - Tuesday Oct. 9 from 5pm to 9pm

You are invited to join us for pizza. Dine in or order you pizza to go, and support the Land Trust.

The Flatbread Company, in the Shoppes at Farmington Valley, will donate a share of the evening's pizza sales to the Land Trust.


Hike Sweetheart Mountain with us - Sunday Oct. 14 at 2 pm

You are invited to join Land Trust Director Mike Gotaski in a hike up Sweetheart Mountain, where you'll enjoy the view and learn about the mountain's history.

This is a moderate-difficulty, 1½ - 2 hour hike. Bring binoculars, wear sturdy walking shoes, and dress for the weather. Please leave dogs at home. In case of heavy rain, check here for possible postponement.


Directions: From the Rt. 179 bridge in Collinsville, go straight up the hill onto Bridge Street. Turn right on Dunne Avenue. Turn left into the fourth driveway (a sign at 84-98 Dunne marks the trail) and go to the end of the pavement into the unpaved parking area on the left.




Archaeology at the Mary Conklin Sanctuary

Last October 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