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 HistoryPainting by Charles Brownell
Evidence of Native Americans has been found dating back 5,000 years. The Town of Lyme was established by English settlers in 1665.
WaterPhoto by Wendolyn Hill
The Connecticut River and its tidal wetlands and the Eightmile River watershed have received national recognition for their water quality.
StonePhoto by Wendolyn Hill
300 million years ago, a collision between the ancient continents formed the striking rock ridges that characterize the topography of Lyme.
ForestsPhoto by April Surprenant
They provide shelter and food to myriad species, clean air, filter our drinking water and offer refuge from the bustle of everyday life.
ArtPhoto by Humphrey Tyler
In 1900, the Lyme Art Colony began painting Lyme’s landscapes and later became known as the birthplace of American Impressionism. In that spirit, the Land Trust holds annual plein air painting events.
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.