North Branford Land Conservation Trust
PO BOX 378
North Branford CT 06471-0378
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 378
North Branford, CT 06471-0378
Telephone (203) 484-4566 x
E-mail info@nblandtrust.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
The North Branford Land Conservation Trust (NBLCT) acquires and preserves open space in our town and environs. We promote the conservation of land and its natural resources.  We protect and sustain the natural state of these lands as well as historic buildings and sites for the benefit of the community and to protect, enhance and maintain the rural character of North Branford and the value and benefits of these places for posterity.
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
We are in the process of acquiring 18+ acres of woodland complete with about 5 miles of trails.  Although the property is a generous donation from a family, it will cost our organization a minimum of $20,000 for surveying, signage, trail upgrades, boundary markings, legal expenses and title transfer.  We hope to complete this acquisition by 2018.
A Great Opportunity Ending Date 15 2018
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2012
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 This organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no paid Executive Director.
Board Chair Mr. David H. Sargent
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission The North Branford Land Conservation Trust (NBLCT) acquires and preserves open space in our town and environs. We promote the conservation of land and its natural resources.  We protect and sustain the natural state of these lands as well as historic buildings and sites for the benefit of the community and to protect, enhance and maintain the rural character of North Branford and the value and benefits of these places for posterity.
Background
The North Branford Land Conservation Trust was established in 1968. In 2010, by appointing himself as "acting president", Otto Schaefer led a great effort with only a handful of remaining members to revive the Land Trust. He organized monthly meetings, wrote articles in the Totoket Times (a local newspaper) and held talks and tours to encourage participation. Today we have a full board of energetic and dedicated volunteers.  Although we have grown significantly in the recent years, we are short handed and we are looking for ways to expand our membership and volunteer base.
Impact
Some of our accomplishments this past year were:
We successfully participated in The Great Give for our first time! 
We successfully negotiated and received title to 1+ acres of river front  land from a developer.
We uncovered several serious encroachments on our properties. 
We surveyed the 18+ acres to be acquired, performed a title search and completed most necessary items to take title of the property.
 
Some of our near term goals are:
Apply for grants to pay for expenses associated with land acquisition. 
Complete the 18+ acre acquisition of woodland.
Resolve some of the more significant encroachments we discovered.
Expand our membership and our all-volunteer workforce to accomplish our goals. 
Needs
Our top priority is to acquire meaningful open space in the town of North Branford.  Donations are needed to support acquisition, land stewardship, legal fees, insurance, and documentation for new and existing properties. We  also need individuals with a general knowledge and interest in nature willing to donate their time and expertise. This would include people with backgrounds in business, secretarial, legal, land stewardship and the trades for our all-volunteer land trust. In addition, we need to improve signage which includes boundary and trail markings.
 
Board Chair Statement
In the 1960's, there was a land trust revolution.  People around the country realized their communities had valuable acreage including pristine fields, woodlands and unique natural features that were unprotected from development.  Land trusts popped up everywhere, formed by citizens who cared about and wanted to protect these places. The NBLCT was no exception.  
However, enthusiasm for the NBLCT slowly waned over the years until it was just a handful of members. We were recently revived by a couple of members who never lost their mission. We now have a good group of members, some with great energy, but we still have many growing pains and need help. 
In 2014, at the urging of the CT State Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the NBLCT listed our 5 most valuable parcels to protect in our town.  This document entitled "Critical Choices for Open Space" includes hundreds of acres of open space. One of the parcels includes a section of the Mattabesett Trail - which is a significant state recognized trail.  The document was presented to town officials and State DEEP officials.  
To date, all of these parcels (along with others), remain unprotected.  Our long-term goal then is to protect these lands in their natural states.  
As one might imagine, protecting hundreds of acres can cost thousands or millions of dollars, lots of planning, negotiation, etc..  We are a small and young organization with great ambition.  Only six years into our new life, we need volunteers, energy, ideas and financial aid to reach our goals.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Environment / Land Resources Conservation
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit /
Tertiary Organization Category Environment /
Areas Served
North Branford
North Branford and Northford
Programs
Description The Land Stewardship program is responsible for the NBLCT properties. To that end, the members organize work parties to find and mark property boundaries, check on the condition of our properties, including maintenance such as clearing invasive species and improving trails. The members organize and lead hikes for the community who want to explore and learn about the flora and fauna in North Branford.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Description The contest is open to various age categories from Kindergarten to High School. The winning artworks are displayed in the Atwater Library in North Branford and the Smith Library in Northford. The theme of the art submitted should be representative of North Branford, with preference given to natural features. The Art Contest helps create public awareness of our organization to all age groups
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description
We discovered an old overgrown trail behind Totoket Valley Elementary School that was created in 1971. Although owned by the town, we cleared invasives and marked the trails for easy access. We labeled the trees and  so that students could learn about their land.  We are updating a guide to the trail for teachers to use. 
(Under development)  Work with teachers and students to create a student driven outdoor education program on our Mill Road property in North Branford.  Students would be supervised by teachers and NBLCT members.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) /
Description We are committed to hold more than four seasonal hikes per year for the public, often in conjunction with North Branford Parks and Recreation and the Regional Water Authority. To make the trails more accessible, we recently GPS mapped all the public trails in town which can be downloaded on a smartphone.
Population Served General/Unspecified / Families / Adults
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. At the present time, we hold 4 seasonal hikes per year. Our goal is to increase our membership so we can get more active volunteers to help maintain the trails and lead hikes. We would also like to increase public awareness so that more open space that is suitable for hiking, would be donated to the organization.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Membership would be increased, more volunteers would be able to lead hikes so that we are not dependent on the same people all the time, and we would be able to hold more 4 seasonal hikes per year.
Description Several times a year, we have guest speakers talk about a variety of topics related to the environment including local geology, plants, animals, farming, etc.
Population Served Adults / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
CEO/Executive Director
This organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no paid Executive Director.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 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
We work in multiple capacities with the Regional Water Authority, the North Branford Dept. of Parks and Recreation, local area Land Trusts, Connecticut Land Conservation Council, Boy Scouts, local womens' clubs, Connecticut Forest and Parks Association, and Yale.
 
Board Chair
Mr. David H. Sargent
Company Affiliation President
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Ken Albin
Mr. Mike Ferrucci Land Steward
Mr. Wayne LaFond Treasurer
Ms. Patty Meglio
Mr. Hank Petroskey Retired
Mr. David Sargent
Mr. Scott Small
Mr. Geoffrey Smith Retired
Ms. Bonnie Symansky
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Standing Committees
Investment
Membership
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
CEO Comments
One of our challenges is increasing visibility to attract greater participation and membership so we can better serve the larger community of South Central Connecticut.
In addition, donors who are generous enough to give to a cause have many choices. Finding ways to help them understand and believe in our cause can be a challenge.  It takes sincerity, hard work and usually many years to court a serious donor.  Philanthropists usually want to ensure a majority of their donation goes toward the intended cause.  We are an all volunteer organization. According to our by-laws, officers are elected by the Board of Directors and serve at their pleasure, no term limits. Directors are elected to 3-year terms with no limit on the number of terms.
 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start June 01 2017
Fiscal Year End May 31 2018
Projected Revenue $10,260.00
Projected Expenses $13,912.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$8,415$2,924$1,093
Administration Expense$866----
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.962.54
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets--$161,264$158,447
Current Assets--$126,775$121,792
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets--$161,264$158,447
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --CT Botanical Society $1,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Goal $20,000.00
Dates June 2016 to May 2017
Amount Raised To Date 1000 as of 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments Our budget involves the anticipation of using Equity funds for expenditures. However, we have just finished our Fiscal Year Ending 5/30/16 without having to spend any equity funds. We hope to be able to raise enough funds to continue this practice.
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 378
North Branford, CT 064710378
Primary Phone 203 484-4566
Contact Email info@nblandtrust.org
CEO/Executive Director This organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no paid Executive Director.
Board Chair Mr. David H. Sargent
Board Chair Company Affiliation President

 

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