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.
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Registration is currently closed for our Annual Dinner: which has been rescheduled for October 6, 2020 at Seasons Restaurant in Avon Old Farms Hotel
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Upcoming Events:

Annual Dinner rescheduled for Tuesday, October 6 (Registration is currently closed)

The Canton Land Conservation Trust invites members and non-members to its Annual Dinner and Silent Auction at Seasons Restaurant in Avon Old Farms Hotel, featuring Kimberly A. Stoner, PhD.

Dr. Stoner will discuss creating habitat for pollinators. She has been an entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for over 30 years, and her current focus is on bee diversity in Connecticut, pollination of pumpkins and squash, and how bees are exposed to pesticides.

She also works with farmers, beekeepers and community groups across the state in creating habitat for pollinators. She received her Ph.D. in entomology from Cornell University.

We are currently at capacity for the event, but may re-open registration if currently registered participants cannot attend on the new date of October 6.

 

Land Trust Director Jay Kaplan honored by the town of Canton

The land trust is proud to acknowledge that the town of Canton dedicated the annual report to Jay Kaplan. That dedication included the words:

"Mr. Kaplan is seen as the 'go-to' person in the community in regards to wildlife, the environment, open space, and land issues. We thank him for his extraordinary service!"

Jay's support and belief in the Land Trust's mission and goals has encouraged so many others to join and to contribute land and time and love. We are so grateful to him for all that he does and has done for the Town of Canton and more specifically for the Land Trust.

 

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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