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
KLT is Kent's community land trust, working to protect Northwest Connecticut's natural beauty and resources through direct ownership of land, stewardship of conservation easements on privately-owned properties, and assistance to landowners interested in responsible and sustainable land management practices. A nationally-recognized leader, in 2010 KLT became the second land trust in CT to be accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. KLT conducts a full slate of fun and educational programs throughout the year.
Our Preserves and Hiking Trails are OPEN!
A great way to exercise, out of the house, in the fresh air and sunshine, all while being able to maintain a safe social distance!
with links to each of the KLT Preserve Trail Maps.
Become a Member Today!
Our Annual Membership Appeal is underway! If you have not already renewed your membership we welcome your contribution for the 2021 calendar year. Every gift is meaningful and supports our work maintaining Kent's trails, and protecting nature throughout Kent and in partnership with conservation colleagues in nearby communities. We are so grateful for your support!
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. Comments on KLT’s application will be most useful by March 19, 2021.