The year was 1989. On a cold, rainy evening a small group of Kent residents gathered in a Skiff Mountain living room. The
host’s wife put out a bowl of popcorn and a platter of cheese, one member of the group produced a bottle of wine, and
the conversation began. They quickly discovered that they shared the same concern: the increasing threats to Kent’s
rural way of life. It appeared that if nothing was done, runaway growth and development might soon spoil the town’s
scenic beauty. By the meeting’s end, the participants had agreed that an organization should be created that would confront
the problems head-on. Out of that gathering, Citizens For Controlled Growth (CCG) was formed.
The Executive Committee of CCG soon became convinced Kent needed a local land trust that would work actively to protect the
town’s rural character. CCG members and other interested citizens met at the old town hall to continue the discussion.
The participants expressed overwhelming support for such an effort, and the organization that grew out of that evening is
the Kent Land Trust. “It is still ‘confronting problems head-on',” says Don Connery, who was a member of
the first gathering. “We had big dreams and big ambitions that night,” he remembers. “But none of us could
have imagined that something as history-shaping as the Kent Land Trust would eventually come into being. What’s been
accomplished is simply mind-boggling.”
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To promote for the general public the preservation of natural resources, principally in, but not limited to, the town of Kent.
These resources shall include land and water resources, the plant life thereon, and unique scenic, natural and historic sites;
To engage in and promote the scientific study of education regarding natural resources;
To use all properties held or controlled by the corporation and the net earnings thereof for the benefit of the general public
and for charitable, educational, recreational, conservation, scientific,
and historical purposes.