Hamden Land Conservation Trust
PO Box 6185
Hamden CT 06517
Contact Information
Address PO Box 6185
Hamden, CT 06517-
Telephone (203) 230-1718 x
Fax 203-287-1035
E-mail info@hlct.org
Web and Social Media
A peaceful walk on one of the HLCT properties
Mission
The Mission of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust is to conserve agricultural and natural lands and to encourage land stewardship in Hamden, Connecticut for the benefit of today’s community and as a legacy for future generations. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1972
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Jim Sirch
Board Chair Company Affiliation Peabody Museum
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $9,020.00
Projected Expenses $5,200.00
Statements
Mission The Mission of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust is to conserve agricultural and natural lands and to encourage land stewardship in Hamden, Connecticut for the benefit of today’s community and as a legacy for future generations. 
Background
The Hamden Land Conservation Trust protects land in two ways. First, we acquire land by gift, bequest, or purchase. Second, working cooperatively with private land owners, we hold conservation easements, which are permanent agreements that allow the land owners to continue to enjoy their property while assuring that it will remain free from development for all time. The land we protect can be inaccessible, or it can be open to passive recreational use by the public, with trails for hiking and limited facilities. Either way, it provides habitats for plants and animals and contributes to the aesthetic and environmental enrichment of the community. Generous people have donated their land or development rights to the Hamden Land Conservation Trust. Many of these donations have been tax deductible, because the Hamden Land Conservation Trust is a non-profit corporation.
 
Just as Hamden contains a diversity of people, so too its wide array of landscape includes urban neighborhoods in the south part of town and rural neighborhoods in the north, salt meadows along the Quinnipiac River and forested hills where the town adjoins Bethany and Cheshire, with lakes, ponds, and streams scattered throughout. Walking corridors such as the Farmington Canal Trail and the Blue Trail system connect Hamden's parks and open spaces. The Hamden Land Conservation Trust is active in all parts of town. For example, we own a two-acre wooded parcel including a glacial kettle at the intersection of Mather and Servoss Streets and a quarter-acre plot with a rock formation known as "the Brethren" on Shepard Avenue. Conservation easements include a 51-acre tract of forest, shrub cover, and ledge at Gaylord Mountain Road and West Todd Street. Our involvement in all parts of town comes from the recognition that open space, walking trails, nature parks, and wooded parcels are vital, along with flourishing schools, businesses, and housing, to making every neighborhood a good place in which to live and raise a family.
Impact

During 2012 and 2013 the Hamden Land Conservation Trust (HLCT) continued its progress on identifying parcels of land in Hamden as priorities for preservation.  Criteria for selection included proximity to water, population density, location contiguous to other open space, and size of parcel. During 2013, the owners of the top priority properties will be contacted to explore conservation easements and/or donations of land.

Successful educational programs and walking tours were accomplished on various HLCT properties, as well as work parties for property improvements.  HLCT continues to explore collaborations with other local conservation organizations to achieve economies and maximum public impact.  HLCT anticipates increasing its exposure through social media usage such as Facebook and similar platforms in 2013.

During 2012, the Land Trust increased biodiversity by creating a butterfly/bird garden at Whitney Center. This site was certified as a Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch, and will be an important stop for migrating butterflies in September.

Our recent stewardship activities include improvements to public access and enjoyment of three of our properties. At the Servoss/Mather property, we did a major cleanup, and installed a split rail fence and an interpretive sign about geology of the glacial kettle. The improvements were celebrated with a neighborhood educational program on glacial kettles. Steps and a short trail were installed at the Brethren to reduce erosion on the hillside and guide visitors up to the glacial erratic (very big rocks) that give the property its name. We have begun to clean up invasive plants and the debris from the fall storms at Johnson’s Pond and put in a well-defined trail around the pond, which will be finished over the summer.

Needs
1. Acquire property in Hamden, Connecticut - through donations and conservation easements, the HLCT's top priority is to acquire land.
2. Donations of cash to support acquisition and property maintenance efforts - up to $50,000 is needed for surveys, legal fees, enviromental assessments, baseline documentation, etc. for new and exisiting properties. 
3. Volunteers - Committee members are always needed for Outreach and Education (promoting HLCT, plan educational events), Stewardship (monitor and maintain properties) and Acquisition (assist in identifying desirable properties, contact owners, encourage donation/easement).
4.  Instructional Signs for existing properties - $2,500 needed to post signs at Johnson's Pond, ABC property, Wolcott Falls, Servoss/Mather Kettle and other properties informing visitors of history, geology, native species, etc.
5.  Marketing Development - volunteer needed to help build database of interested individuals/organizations; develop social network presence; create electronic communication campaign
CEO Statement
N/A
Board Chair Statement

Growing up in suburban New Jersey, I spent many days of my youth exploring pockets of green space and wandering through the streams and wetlands of my community. As I got older, I witnessed the evitable changes in the land and habitat loss. Today many of places I explored are gone. I recognized the need to help teach others about the importance of saving land and having an enlightened public. Having been a Hamden town resident for 16 years, I have also seen changes here and even though we are blessed with some large public tracts such as Sleeping Giant State Park, there is a vital need to preserve and protect open space in other parts of town.  Also, there is a need to educate town citizens in order to make them more aware of opportunities such as conservation easements that offer advantages both to them and to the Town. I enjoy working with the talented Board of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust in order to accomplish the goal of saving more of Hamden’s  remaining open space.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Environment / Land Resources Conservation
Areas Served
Hamden
Programs
Description
The HLCT presents guest speakers on a variety of topics and opens up properties for walks, sometimes focused on plant-life, bird watching, geology or other natural sciences.  Presentations are made at Peabody Museum, in collaboration with other Land Trusts, and at several Hamden locations throughout the year.  Walks include tours of the Olin Powder Farm, Johnson's Pond and the ABC/Channel 8 property in northern Hamden.
Population Served Families / General/Unspecified /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
By educating the public through nature talks and walks, our hope is to make the Hamden community aware of the importance of open space.  Ultimately this awareness could lead to bequeathing of land to the Hamden Land Conservation Trust, or to conservation easements.
 
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. As our membership grows, awareness of the value of open space grows, so we aim to continue to increase membership.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
In May 2012, we had over 60 people attend a nature walk at the Olin Powder Farm.
 
Description
The HLCT seeks to acquire conservation easements and/or the donation of property in Hamden, Connecticut.  It works with Town officials to target specific properties and advocate for funding for the acquisition to preserve open space.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. This year the Land Trust plans to approach targeted land owners with the goal of either acquiring land or conservation easements.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. The Hamden Land Conservation Trust wants to acquire more open space through donation or through conservation easements.
Description
The HLCT manages nine properties scattered throughout Hamden, Connecticut through ownership or conservation easements.  Each year, the Stewardship Committee visits each property to monitor compliance with easements, conditions of trees and plants, public accessibilty (where applicable), invasive species and trash and debris.  Clean-up days with the Committee and volunteers remove unwanted plants and trash.  The Stewardship Committee recommends fencing, tree removal and other major projects to the full Board for funding and action.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Our recent stewardship activities include improvements to public access and enjoyment of three of our properties. At the Servoss/Mather property, we did a major cleanup, and installed a split rail fence and an interpretive sign about geology of the glacial kettle. The improvements were celebrated with a neighborhood educational program on glacial kettles. Steps and a short trail were installed at the Brethren to reduce erosion on the hillside and guide visitors up to the glacial erratic (very big rocks) that give the property its name. We have begun to clean up the debris from the fall storms at Johnson’s Pond and put in a well-defined trail around the pond, which will be finished over the summer.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. To manage our existing properties, and any others we may acquire, and produce a maintenance plan and schedule with the help of volunteers.
Description
The HLCT identifies and recognizes "Wild Yards" in Hamden.  Property owners are distinguished for robust native plantings, design and/or functionality of gardens.  A monthly series of photos are published in the hometown newspaper, bringing attention to the concept of designing with native species and providing tips for potential "Wild" gardeners.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
 This program is designed to heighten awareness by highlighting individuals in the community who garden with awareness of organic principles and the importance of native species.
By noting these individuals in the local newspaper, we are educating the public as a whole.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. We hope to educate the entire Hamden community so that every landowner uses less pesticides and herbicides, and plants more native species.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Each month we get more households who want to point out their efforts at organic, native gardening.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
With no professional staff, the HLCT works to promote land conservation and native plantings throughout Hamden with volunteer efforts.  The Board is a hands-on working body that encourages other volunteers to support the effort with whatever time and expertise they have available.
CEO/Executive Director
Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Experience
N/A
Co-CEO
N/A N/A NA
Experience
N/A
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
The HLCT regularly collaborates with other area Land Trusts and the Peabody Museum on educational programs.  We also work closely with the Town of Hamden administration on priorities and projects for land conservation.  Strong relationships have developed with neighborhood management associations to facilitate projects in individual communities.
Comments
CEO Comments
The HLCT has no paid staff members.   Board members represent a diverse range of skill sets and consistently provide expertise and in-kind services to further the mission of the organization.
Board Chair
Jim Sirch
Company Affiliation Peabody Museum
Term July 2012 to June 2015
Email info@hlct.org
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Nancy Abbey Milford Public Library
Paul Begemann Attorney at Law
Andy Brand
Dan Camenga TD Bank
Gail Cameron
Betsy Gorman Press/Cuozzo Realtors
Joseph Lee Attorney at Law
David Lemieux
Tom Parlapiano Yale University Peabody Museum
Kathleen Schomaker Community Volunteer
Willow Sirch
Bob Zambrano Webster Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Commercial General Liability
Standing Committees
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Education
Nominating
Project Oversight
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments


 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $9,020.00
Projected Expenses $5,200.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$4,582$660$3,441
Administration Expense$1,176$4,105$5,086
Fundraising Expense$448$1,052--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.561.410.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%11%40%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue62%208%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$458,861$455,376$452,982
Current Assets$59,161$55,676$53,282
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$458,861$455,376$452,982
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments
An annual internal financial review of the treasurers records is conducted  by independent Board members.  There have been no findings in these reviews.
 
The projected 2015 net income of $3,820 will be used to support acquisition and stewardship expenses. More specifically, funds will be used to maintain properties relative to fallen tree damage and other clean up. Also, any left over funds will be used to support expenses relative to acquisition of new real estate. The projected net income is contingent upon contribution levels similar to past years and no extraordinary expenses.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.


Address PO Box 6185
Hamden, CT 06517
Primary Phone 203 230-1718
Contact Email info@hlct.org
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Jim Sirch
Board Chair Company Affiliation Peabody Museum

 

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