Guilford Land Conservation Trust
PO Box 200
44 Boston Street
Guilford CT 06437
Contact Information
Address PO Box 200
44 Boston Street
Guilford, CT 06437-
Telephone (203) 457-9253 x
Fax 203-457-9253
Web and Social Media
The Guilford Land Conservation Trust acquires and conserves natural places for future generations.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1969
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
CEO/Executive Director Organization comprises all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair David Grigsby Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Mission The Guilford Land Conservation Trust acquires and conserves natural places for future generations.
Background Formed in 1965 by local conservationists, the Land Trust is one of the oldest in the state. With 1,500 members and over 3,000 acres in holdings, it is also the largest single-town land trust in Connecticut. A membership-elected board of 13 directors, serving without compensation, manages GLCT. Because the Land Trust is independent, it can respond quickly and effectively to purchase and conserve land. Most of the land owned and protected by the Land Trust has been acquired through the generosity of its membership, bequests and gifts. Additional funds have come from state grants and additional open space has been acquired through subdivision set-asides. Because the Land Trust's directors and members maintain its properties as volunteers, all resources received by the land trust are applied directly to land acquisition and stewardship.
GLCT owns and protects 3,000 acres in Guilford, including more than 650 in Westwoods, which is a beautiful forest located near the Town Green and the Long Island Sound. This past year as the organization celebrated its 50th anniversary, it acquired 17.5 acres in the heart of Westwoods, thanks to the many supporters who value open space and respond generously to protect critical parcels. A grant of $85,150 was also awarded by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection through the competitive Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program to support the 2015 acquisition. In addition to preserving open space for human recreation, an intact and healthy forest like Westwoods, given its proximity to the Connecticut coast, is important in terms of protecting wildlife and water quality in the Long Island Sound.
In addition to land acquisition, GLCT has recently updated its custom interactive trail maps, which are available as apps in the Avenza map store for Apple and Android tablets and phones. Hard copies are also available in a handful of locations in Guilford or can be downloaded and printed from the organization's website.
GLCT's land is private property that is open to the public. Hundreds of people attend the organization's fall and spring walks as well as the popular Nature Explorers after school program. Every week hundreds of people enjoy the various properties through walking, hiking, running, birding, and more. Stewardship of GLCT lands, accomplished through many dedicated volunteer hours per year, is ongoing.
GLCT relies on membership support to maintain our properties and to keep us in a position to act on upcoming land acquisition opportunities.
The most pressing needs for the organization include:
- Contributions/donations. Acquiring land involves a great deal of unpredictability and is usually quite an expensive undertaking. It is important for the Land Trust to continuously build cash reserves in order to be in a position to act quickly when important opportunities arise.
- Volunteers. Anyone interested in helping with field work such as trail maintenance are always welcome.
Board Chair Statement Guilford is a unique and beautiful place. When citizens came together in 1965 to protect salt marshes that were being filled for development, the idea really caught on. Piece by piece, with steadfast support from our members, GLCT began to protect ecologically important parcels. One such collection is known today as Westwoods, one of the most popular recreation sites in Connecticut. Another, Bluff Head, is renowned for its fascinating geology and views of Hartford to the north and the Long Island Sound to the south. Many of GLCT's less heavily used lands also provide critical wildlife habitat and watershed protection for our rivers and the Long Island Sound. GLCT continues to actively purchase land to be protected in its natural state and we are grateful for the generous support of our community. To become a member and further our cause, please visit (
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Environment / Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit /
Areas Served
All properties owned by GLCT are open to the public during daylight hours. See website for more details on property use.
Description GLCT continues to purchase open space with an emphasis on natural corridors, ecological values, and public access.
Population Served / /
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. Our goal is to protect and preserve as many of Guilford's important natural areas as possible.
Description GLCT is best known for our work in the Westwoods and Bluff Head areas. Many of our properties have trails and others, while not large enough to accomodate formal trails, provide protection for valuable natural resources, including waterways, wildlife habitat, and sweeping views. Stewardship of GLCT lands is conducted by many volunteer land stewards, including the Westwoods Trails Committee.
Population Served / /
Description GLCT sponsors hikes throughout the spring and fall led by some of the area's most knowledgeable and inspiring guides. Outreach to young people in Guilford takes place through family hikes, speaking events, and after school programs.
Population Served / /
In sharing nature appreciation GLCT is able to educate in the importance of maintaining places where wildlife and its habitat are kept intact.
Population Served / /
CEO/Executive Director
Organization comprises all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 28
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
Senior Staff
Title All Volunteer
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Outstanding Land Acquisition - 141-acre Broomstick LedgesConnecticut Forest and Parks Association2008
Board Chair
David Grigsby Esq.
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Term June 2016 to June 2019
Board of Directors
Bill BlossNo Affiliation
John DellaVentura
Albert ErdaNo Affiliation
Frank Ferro
Heather Gilbert
Julie Lister
Michael Macris
Theodore MankovichNo Affiliation
Lawrence Marcik
Stacey Smith
Tom Terribile
Robert ValleyNo Affiliation
Sarah S. WilliamsNo Affiliation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Additional Boards: Advisory Board Members
Heather Allore
Stephen Besse
Tom Conroy
Gary MacElhiney
Susan Merkle-Ward
Michael Sessine
Sarah Shrewsbury
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $123,740.00
Projected Expenses $22,300.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Form 990s
GLCT 9902015
GLCT 9902014
GLCT 9902013
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Determination Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$7,260,162$7,064,276$6,780,334
Current Assets--$95,224--
Long-Term Liabilities----$100,000
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$7,260,162$7,064,276$6,680,334
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
CEO Comments

The Guilford Land Conservation Trust acquires the majority of its land using donated funds. Some land is donated through generous bequests and gifts, while some open space has been acquired through gifts or purchases of conservation easements or through the subdivision process. If an opportunity arises to protect a property of extremely high conservation value, GLCT will pay at or near market price. Timing of these opportunities is always unpredictable. 

An advantage to being a small, independent organization is that GLCT can act nimbly when an opportunity arises. This fact has, in some cases, been critical to the protection of a priority property. GLCT works to reach an agreement that best meets the goals of the seller, while also spending GLCT funds wisely. GLCT has used a number of creative ways to finance properties over the years. On occasion, GLCT is able to make payments in installments over a few years, allowing adequate time to fundraise. Sometimes the Land Trust must draw on savings to pay the full purchase price upfront with a small closing date window, which necessitates an aggressive fundraising campaign. Given that very few grant and foundation funds are available for the acquisition of conservation land within one town, GLCT must heavily rely on the generosity of our community (memberships and pledges), and state grants for income. 

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. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. 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 200
44 Boston Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Primary Phone 203 457-9253
CEO/Executive Director Organization comprises all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair David Grigsby Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation


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