Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust is leading the fight to save open space and protect the valuable natural resources of Woodbury and surrounding County’s area towns. Incorporated as the non-profit Flanders Nature Center in 1963, Flanders became one of the first land trusts in the area ten years later, when it received its initial gift of land, the 6.5 acre Manville Kettle located in the center of Woodbury. As an organization, Flanders plays an active role identifying opportunities for preserving more land in the future.
WHAT IS A LAND TRUST?
Many of the special natural places we treasure could disappear, in coming decades, replaced by unneeded development and unchecked sprawl, if not for the work of a not-for-profit organization called a land trust. Combining the spirit of volunteerism with an appreciation of community, a land trust helps landowners protect their property for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.
As one of Connecticut’s preeminent land trusts, Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust is a leader in the region in the preservation of open space and the protection of natural resources. Flanders has also been instrumental in working closely with the Town of Woodbury to shape its open space priorities.
PRESERVING AND STEWARDING OPEN SPACE
The conservation and stewardship of land is a gift that never ends. Each situation is different, but all property owners considering land donations to a land trust share the ability to sustain the health and vitality of our communities for years to come.
Some of the options available to those considering a donation of open space to Flanders include an outright gift of land, a “bargain sale,” or the assignment of a conservation easement, among others. Each method of donation offers different tax and monetary advantages to the donor.
Flanders can help the prospective donor to navigate the trail to land conservation. The Land Acquisition Committee will work closely with you to make sure that your goals, as well as those of Flanders Land Trust, are met.
For more information, call Arthur Milnor, 203-263-3711 x 13.