Upcoming Events (scroll down to view all)

Volunteer work party at Mt Archer Woods.

Date: Wed May 3, 2017
Time: 2pm-4pm

Mt Archer Woods Preserve

Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org

Please join us on Wednesday, May 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 for a work party at Mt. Archer Woods Preserve in Lyme to maintain clean-up of the historic ruins area. Bring loppers and heavy-duty work gloves to pull and remove barberry and other invasives from the around the stone walls. Bring any other tools that you think will be helpful.

The ruins are a little more than a half-mile in on the white trail. We will trim the trail as needed as we go. There will be refreshments!

 Rain cancels.

Meet at the Main Parking Lot of Mt Archer Woods on Mt Archer Road in Lyme.
Directions from Rte 156:
 Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left onto Mt Archer Road. Go one mile on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The parking lot is down a long driveway on the left, the 4th long driveway after you start up the hill. Look for the stone post marker that has “Mt Archer Woods Town of Lyme” written on it. It faces the road, so you can’t read it until you are on top of it. (If you get to 100 Mt. Archer Road, you have gone too far).

Tour de Lyme 2017

Date: Sun May 21, 2017
Time: starting at 8 am

Ashlawn Farms, Bill Hill Road, Lyme CT

Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust

JStandartTdeLPlease join us for the fifth annual Tour de Lyme cycling event with beautifully scenic routes for all ages and levels. We’re looking forward seeing you!

Tour-de-Lyme-logo 1

To register and for information, visit TourdeLyme.org.

The Lyme Land Trust inaugurated Tour de Lyme in 2013 as an annual bike ride to raise funds to support its mission of preserving and protecting environmentally important land in Lyme.

photos by Joe Standart

Lyme Land Trust’s 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting

Date: Fri May 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm

Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Road (Rte 156) Hamburg, CT

Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org

Happy 50th anniversary! The annual meeting this year is exactly 50 years after the first Lyme Land Trust annual meeting May 26, 1967.

Please join us for a festive reception to honor the 50th Annual Meeting of the Lyme Land Conservation Trust. Exactly fifty years ago, a group of Lyme residents with the vision to preserve the beautiful open space and rural quality of Lyme met for the first annual meeting; and in the exact same venue! In 1967, the building that is now the Lyme Public Hall was the Lyme Fire Department building. The 2017 event will be held in the same meeting room.

Everyone – members, volunteers and especially those who have previously served on the Board – is welcome. Because of the celebratory nature of the meeting, the business portion will be brief and the emphasis will be on socializing. Join us for community cheer, light fare, and libations.

CT Trails Day Walk – Bunny Habitat.

Date: Sat June 3, 2017
Time: 10am -12pm

Slawson Preserve
Parking at 435 Hamburg Road, (Rte 156). Lyme CT.

Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org

Join us for a walk at the Lyme Land Trust’s Slawson nature preserve with Lisa Wahle, the “Bunny Lady”, a biologist who works on young forest habitat restoration, and Mark LaCasse, Master Wildlife Conservationist and professional land manager of one of the abutting private lands, and Emery Gluck, who manages habitat restoration at Nehantic State Forest as part of CT DEEP Division of Forestry. We will see the on-going process to improve the land for the benefit of the threatened New England cottontail rabbit and other young forest species. Private landowners, the Land Trust and the State have agreed to harvest mature trees over a 6 to 10-year period to create an environment that is suitable for young forest species. The first harvest, on private land that Mark manages, was completed in the winter of 2014-15. The Land Trust harvest will happen in about a year or so. The Nehantic State Forest will have a tree harvest overseen by Emery a few years after that. As the cleared areas grow back, it will create the desirable young brushy environment where the bunnies find food and protection from predators. Staggering the treatments will ensure that this successional habitat is available over a longer period of time. This process is also beneficial to more than 50 species of greatest conservation need including prairie warbler, ruffed grouse, indigo bunting, American woodcock, wood turtle, and blue spotted salamander. Interested residents can find more information about bunnies at http://newenglandcottontail.org.

Parking is available at 435 Hamburg Rd (Rte 156), Lyme, CT. Follow the dirt driveway to the parking area. We have permission to park at the end of this long private driveway for this special event only. No dogs please.

Reservations Appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org

Photo of Lisa Wahle and Elvis by Wendolyn Hill

50th Anniversary Celebration – Picnic and Music

Date: Sat June 24, 2017
Time: 5pm - 8pm

Grassy Hill Road Preserve

Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org

Join us for this special celebration. We are planning a community picnic on one of our most beautiful properties, the Grassy Hill Road Preserve, to celebrate our 50th anniversary! We will have live music! Ramblin Dan Stevens with friends and Plywood Cowboy will play for us. And delicious food! Four Mile River Farm will provide hamburgers and hot dogs. And a children’s tent with fun activities. And a raffle. The picnic is free to members of the Lyme Land Trust. Non-members can make a donation of $25 or more to become members and attend the picnic for free. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available. 

50th Anniversary Exhibit of the Lyme Land Trust at the Lyme Public Hall

Date: Sun July 2, 2017 thru Tue July 4, 2017
Time: TBD

Lyme Public Hall

Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org

A special 4th of July exhibit in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Land Trust. Everyone is welcome. Sunday, July 2nd is children’s Day with special activities for children. Free admission.


Past Events