Since 1966, Lyme Land Conservation Trust has been conserving the unique and historic landscapes of Lyme, Connecticut. During those years, our rural community has shown that a small population can have a giant impact. Residents and friends of Lyme have donated land, dollars, and lots of hard work to acquire and protect almost 3000 acres of woodlands, craggy hills, working farm fields, and bird-filled marshes. The more we accomplish, the more we need your support.
What makes a Lyme landscape?
Human HistoryRail Hunters by Clarence Brockway circa 1910
The natural environment has always provided for Lyme inhabitants. The Town of Lyme was established by English settlers in 1665.
WaterPhoto by Thomas Nemeth, Photo Contest Winner 2015
The Connecticut River and its tidal wetlands and the Eightmile River watershed have received national recognition for their water quality.
StoneThree Chimneys at Hartman Park, photo by Wendolyn HIll
300 million years ago, a collision between the ancient continents formed the striking rock ridges that characterize the topography of Lyme. Old stone structures are beautiful reminders of earlier settlements.
ForestsPhoto by Dalton Patton, Photo Contest Winner 2015
They provide shelter and food to myriad species, clean air, filter our drinking water and offer refuge from the bustle of everyday life.
ArtPaintings of Roaring Brook in Banningwood Preserve by Trenton Young, Paint-out October 2014
Lyme Landscapes inspired the American Impressionists in the 1900s. In that spirit, the Land Trust holds annual plein-air paint-outs.
The accreditation seal recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. Read more about our accreditation.
A Conservation Minded Town – LLCT Visionaries portrait
As you watch this video, hosted by famed actor Sam Waterston, you will be impressed by the remarkable story of the Lyme Land Trust and what has been accomplished over 50 years. You will better understand why our rich agricultural and rural heritage is such an important part of living in Lyme.