Beyond the Barways

Your Annual Gift makes this all happen!

  Dear WLCT supporter,   On behalf of WLCT Board of Directors and staff, I want to thank you for your generosity so far in 2018. This year has been filled with exciting land protection projects, unique opportunities to connect with the land, and an...

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Week of Thanks: Tina Shapleigh Schmid

Tina Schmid is co-vice chair of the land trust's Board of Directors and owner of River Rock Farm in Westport. Her leadership and vision guide WLCT's current efforts to preserve the rural character and agricultural heritage of Westport.      Why did...

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Week of Thanks: Terry White

Terry White has championed the protection of open space in Westport for decades. During his tenure as president of the land trust he oversaw the restoration and revitalization of Westport Town Farm; the creation of Dunham's Brook Conservation Area; and the...

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Week of Thanks: Town of Westport

Towns and cities are often under a tremendous amount of pressure to sacrifice their natural resources, valuable farmland and open space to meet the need of a growing population. The Town of Westport has decided it can protect these things while also...

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Week of Thanks: Bibi Appleyard

You are a newcomer to Westport? Yes! Moving from Florida, land of hibiscus, palm trees, and freeways to Westport’s majestic trees, winding streams and country roads was a shock of the best kind.   What drew you to the land trust? I started...

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Landowner Spotlight: Al & Penny Hadfield

What is the story of A Quiet Place? How long has this land been in your family? Penny: "In 1955, when I was 15, my family and I lived on the Point renting Harry Sowle's white house. We wanted to buy it but it wasn't for sale. One day I was riding my bike...

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Why Roger Trahan joined the Tuesday Trail Team

Why did you join the Trail Team? "I got involved through the Cherry & Webb hike. I never knew how much land was back there. I'd only ever followed the path down to the beach and had never explored the dunes. It's beautiful in there. You should do...

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Meet land trust volunteer Valerie Bassett

Why did you join the land trust? "There’s a Quaker saying that “work is love made visible.” Volunteering with WLCT expresses my love for the land and my gratefulness for the protection of wild and open spaces. Being in nature feeds my spirit,...

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Why Randall Moss joined the Tuesday Trail Team

Why did you join the Tuesday Trail Team? "I was taking a master gardener course and had a certain number of service hours related to gardening that were required to complete the course. I wasn't sure what to do and then I found the land trust. It fit well with my...

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Outreach & Stewardship Summer Intern Spotlight

Meet James Cassell (left) and Jacob Walz (right), Westport Land Conservation Trust's (WLCT) 2018 outreach and stewardship summer interns. You'll be seeing James and Jacob on the trails over the next two months thanks, in part, to BayCoast Bank's generous sponsorship....

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Trending Outside

The trend is real. More and more hikers, fishermen, photographers and friends join us in exploring the outdoors each year. Here's a look back at a years worth of outdoor adventures and a sneak peak of what's in store for 2018! Rest assured, we'll be bringing back our...

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Tree Farmer, Paul Edwards, Knows the Power of Giving

Protected in 2011 with a conservation restriction held by WLCT, the 25+ acre Pinecrest Tree Farm on Pine Hill Road had been in the Edwards family for generations. With over 1,000 feet of frontage on the Westport River, protection of the Farm was critical to preserving...

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