become a member
There are many ways to support the Westport Land Conservation Trust!
Your membership helps us to do many things including manage the land we own and support our small operating budget. Additionally, you can underwrite an event, and send us your receipts from Lees Market. We participate in AmazonSmile where a portion of each purchase is automatically donated to WLCT at no cost to you!
Any way you choose to help, your gifts of support are vital to our continued ability to meet our mission.
We also have 2 ways you can directly support Westport Land Conservation Trust:
Donate by check to WLCT PO Box 3975 Westport, MA 02790
Donate by credit card over the phone by calling 508-636-9228 ext 5020 during business hours.
If you have any other questions, please call our main office at 508-636-9228.
Gifts in honor and in memory of others
Many supporters choose to make their gift in honor or in memory of an individual. We notify the individual or the family of the gift and it is published in our Annual Report.
The Annual Fund Campaign
The Annual Fund kicks off once per year in late Fall. It is the chief method of supporting the small staff, infrastructure, and administrative costs of the Land Trust.
The Founder's Stewardship Endowment
Restricted for use in land management. Thanks to a very generous lead gift from Hope Howland Hale, the Westport Land Conservation Trust has established a stewardship endowment in memory of Llewellyn and Sarah Howland, long-time Westporters and owners of a beautiful property on the East Branch of the Westport River. The Howlands donated the first Westport Conservation Restriction to The Trustees of Reservations on 17 acres of their property in 1981 and throughout their lives urged others to follow suit. As well as protecting open space for posterity, they were always concerned about the care of the land.
The Founder’s Stewardship Endowment enables the Land Trust to address the growing needs of property stewardship. As we succeed in protecting more open space in Westport, the requirements of maintaining each parcel in the natural state in which it was entrusted to the Land Trust increases. There is clearing, repairing, addressing invasives and planting native species as well as opening and maintaining larger properties for public access. As our portfolio of property holdings grows, we are increasingly aware that volunteer assistance in these areas, while welcomed, will not suffice. Through what we hope will be a growing stewardship endowment, we will be able to access the professional expertise and assistance needed.
Special places don’t stay special on their own. Our dedicated volunteers make sure every one of our destination properties is ready for your next adventure.