Shelton Land Conservation Trust
PO Box 2276
Shelton CT 06484-1276
Contact Information
Address PO Box 2276
Shelton, CT 06484-1276
Telephone (203) 450 x1371
Web and Social Media
Bushinsky Arboretum Garden
Our purpose is the preservation and protection of natural resources in Shelton, Connecticut, and the acceptance or purchase of land and its maintenance for the public benefit.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1971
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
CEO/Executive Director Joseph Welsh
Board Chair Joseph T Welsh President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Aquarion Water Co
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Mission Our purpose is the preservation and protection of natural resources in Shelton, Connecticut, and the acceptance or purchase of land and its maintenance for the public benefit.
Background Founded in 1969, the Shelton Land Conservation Trust is a nonprofit, all volunteer, organization dedicated to the preservation and protection open spaces in Shelton, Connecticut. We currently hold in trust 31 parcles of land totaling over 370 acres. Our properties have been acquired by purchase, partnership, grant, and bequest. We can accept donations of land. The Trust's members and officers are your neighbors who are working to save some of our streams, ponds, woodlands and marshes for native wildlife and for the enjoyment and education of you and your children. Membership in the Trust is open to the public.
Impact Trust Goals:
1. To protect the natural diversity and beauty of Shelton by preserving
significant land and scenic areas.
2. To promote appreciation and understanding of the environment through community education programs and
special events.
3. To help land owners develop and implement conservation plans for their valued land.
4. To provide a grass-roots voice for conservation of local natural resources and the responsible development of our community.
The Shelton Land Conservation Trust, Inc. invites everyone interested in preserving open space in Shelton to join the trust. Help to insure that our community continues to balance moderate, environmentally sound development with continuing expansion of protected undeveloped open space for the benefit of future generations.
Needs We look for funds to cover general operating costs such as printing our newsletter and membership letters and associated postage, liability insurance to allow for public access on our parcels, stewardship costs to manage our lands, surveying and base line documentation and on a larger scale money to fund land acquisitions.
Board Chair Statement SLCT is made up of dedicated volunteers that want to take care of the lands we own, support local farms, and preserve the character of our community for current and future generations. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Environment / Land Resources Conservation
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Environment / Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Areas Served
Lower Naugatuck Valley
The Shelton Land Conservation Trust properties are open for all to enjoy for passive recreation opportunities.  Shelton residents and others are encouraged to visit our parcels.  Our website and facebook page have allowed us to connect with folks throughout the country and world to see what we do and collaborate about conservation work.
Description The Shelton Land Conservation Trust promotes preservation of our precious natural resources to enhance the quality of the local environment for the benefit of current and future generations. We seek to provide open space for residents and habitat for native plants and wild creatures through land acquisition and protection. Another goal is to educate others about the value of ecological awareness, preservation and participation in conservation activities. In conjunction with these aims, we have established a Scouting area at the southwest end of our Nicholdale Parcel where local troops and packs can come for overnight or day activities to develope outdoor skills, deepen their understanding of our natural world, and work on merit badges. The Land Trust has also partnered with individual scouts working on Eagle Projects and troops seeing opportunities for community service.
Population Served / /
Description We use our recently restored 1958 Ferguson tractor to maintain the old farm field paths for hikers to enjoy.  Nicholdale Farm is on of our largest parcels with an expansive trail network throughout the property. 
Population Served / /
Description Several of our parcels have sign kiosks or dedication plaques which we need to mow around throughout the growing season.  This is done by volunteers mostly with their own equipment.  When volunteer resources are unavailable we want to be able to hire contractors for this work.
Population Served / /
Description Our newest acquisition we are working with a master gardener add to the existing plantings on the site and install benches for people to enjoy the diversity of this parcel. 
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments The Shelton Land Trust is an all volunteer organization.  We the officers, board and members are the ones who roll up our sleeves to keep our paths and trails mowed, monitor our properties, join in the annual City of Shelton sponsored Clean-Sweep event, and try to eradicate the invasive plants growing on some of our parcels.  Challenges we are facing is getting all this done with our dedicated but minimal volunteer staff.  In recent years we have been awarded some small grants to help with some of our larger stewardship initiatives and projects such as our early successional habitat management program at Nicholdale Farm and construction of part of the recreation path and boardwalk on our Lane Street parcel.  With land acquisitions comes opportunity for new ideas and programs.  An example of this is with the Bushinsky Arboretum which the trust took ownership of this past May.  The parcel was given the name arboretum to pay tribute to Mr. Bushinsky, the donor, who landscaped his property with many native and ornamental plantings.  The trust has worked with master gardener who volunteered to enhance the property with even more plantings. 
CEO/Executive Director
Joseph Welsh
Term Start Apr 2005
Experience Mr. Welsh contacted the trust as a youth for an Eagle Scout project and returned years later as a member and volunteer offering to use knowledge of biology and environmental issues.  When past president Marybeth Banks stepped down in 2004 the board nominated Welsh as president of the organization.  Welsh's dedication as a volunteer and experience with conservation issues made him the logical choice.  Welsh gave special attention to the removal of invasive plant species taking over the old farm fields at the trust's Nicholdale Farm using volunteer labor and securing grant funding to expedite the process.  Since then Welsh has secured funding for the long term management of this parcel.  Welsh has been instrumental in seeking additional funding for invasive plant management and stewardship.
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
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 Frequency N/A
CEO Comments We are insured on our parcels so they can be open for public enjoyment.
Board Chair
Joseph T Welsh President
Company Affiliation Aquarion Water Co
Term Feb 2005 to Apr 2017
Board of Directors
Marge Estok Retired
Pat Gajdosik Retired - philips medical
Jacke Lauriat Retired
Hank Lauriat Retired
Mary Jane Liddel SecretaryBHcare, Valley Campus Intake
Robert Liddel Rocco V. D'Andrea, Inc., Profssional Land Surveyor
Edward P McCreery Vice Pres.Pullman and Comley
Bruce Nichols Friends of Peace Pilgrim, Siddhartha School Project, Semi-Retired
Margaret Paulson Norwalk Hosp. IT Dept.
Don Pendagast Retired UI
Lynn Todd Reid retired
Paul T Uhrynowski TreasurerMorgan Stanley
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 13 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Risk Management Provisions
See Management and Governance Comments
Board Co-Chair
Edward P McCreery Vice Pres.
Company Affiliation Pullman and Comley
Term Feb 1994 to Apr 2017
CEO Comments
The Shelton Land Conservation Trust. Inc. is a member of the Land Trust Alliance and has adopted the Land Trust Standards & Practices.
In 2015 SLCT has began the accredidation process through Land Trust Alliance.

Land Trust Standards and Practices are guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, which is run legally, ethically and in the public interest and conducts a sound program of land transactions and stewardship.

The Land Trust Alliance originally developed the standards and practices in 1989 at the urging of land trusts, which believe a strong land trust community depends on the credibility and effectiveness of all its members.  Land Trust Standards and Practices was last revised in 2004.

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Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $6,824.00
Projected Expenses $5,925.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$4,279,068$4,112,394--
Current Assets$117,538$91,394--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$4,279,068$4,112,394--
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 -- ----
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
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 2276
Shelton, CT 064841276
Primary Phone 203 450 1371
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Joseph Welsh
Board Chair Joseph T Welsh President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Aquarion Water Co


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