East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve photo Gary Hock
East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve photo Melissa Cherniske
Summer Hay Harvest on Kent's Southern Gateway
East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve photo Mark Simmons
Country Road in the Tobin Preserve photo Melissa Cherniske
Housatonic River near Bulls Bridge
Welcome to Kent and our Land Trust!
The Kent Land Trust serves our community by protecting Northwest CT's nature and beauty
through direct ownership of land, conservation easements on privately-owned land,
and assistance to residents practicing sustainable land management.
A nationally-recognized leader, in 2010 KLT became the second land trust in CT to be accredited
by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. With the help of many dedicated community members, we welcome the public year-round to free hikes and educational programs, Kent's Community Garden, and the treasured Marble Valley Farm.
We hope you will explore Kent's trails and open preserves, enjoy the local foods that carry on our agricultural heritage,
and connect to the unique natural aspects that make this place so special!
Our Preserves and Hiking Trails are OPEN
A great way to exercise and find peaceful serenity in the fresh air and sunshine!
Local Food, Delicious and Healthy for You and the Planet
We proudly host Marble Valley Farm on Route 7.
Come visit the farm stand and enjoy wonderful produce grown right where you can see it,
nestled in a lee of the Housatonic River and backed by the Appalachian Trail ridgeline.
In 2021, in response to the distressing increase in food insecurity in our region, KLT and Marble Valley Farm have partnered to bring 40 shares of fresh-picked produce each week to families served by Kent's Food Bank. Please consider supporting this effort when you shop at Marble Valley's farm stand and on line store.
Become a Member Today!
KLT's operations are primarily funded by the annual contributions of its members. If you haven't already renewed your membership please consider a 2021 donation - every gift is meaningful and supports our work maintaining Kent's trails and protecting nature throughout Kent and in partnership with colleagues in nearby communities.
We are so grateful for your support!
Renewing our Land Trust Accreditation
The Land Trust Accreditation program recognizes organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. In 2010, KLT was the second land trust in Connecticut to complete the accreditation program and has remained current with its accredited status ever since.
Over the course of 2021 the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, will conduct an extensive review of our policies and programs. The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Kent Land Trust complies with codified national quality standards that address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see LTA's list here.
KLT is committed to safeguarding our public preserves and conservation easements in perpetuity. We appreciate this opportunity to make sure we operate with the best practices in nonprofit governance and financial management, and to assure the public that we are steadfast in our dedication to public service and our conservation mission. The Accreditation Commission reports that accredited land trusts protect more land, attract more volunteers, build better financial reserves for their future operations, and are better positioned to withstand challenges to the lands they protect. We are proud to be part of the community of more than 440 accredited land trusts nationwide.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.