Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust
Brookfield, New Milford, Sharon, Kent, Newtown, Litchfield, & Roxbury
I’m about to BLOW YOUR MIND. “The Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust is the largest land trust in Connecticut and the 18th largest land trust in the United States…”
Which sounds positively bonkers to me. Ah, the ellipses… What’s with the ellipses?
“and the 18th largest land trust in the United States by the number of lands we conserve.” Wait. So, that means Weanitoge just has a billion tiny little slices of land and has a super high number of parcels, but we’re not really talking about square acreage or anything like that? Okay. That makes more sense.
The Weanitogue isn’t your everyday land trust. They celebrated their 50th birthday and, well, the even made it to something called Cottages & Gardens. Anyway, since 1965 they,
We permanently protect more than 9,700 acres in 17 communities. Our properties include wildlife sanctuaries, 15 working farms, and 12 nature preserves open to the public with more than 15 miles hiking trails.
While I applaud the efforts of the WHLT, it’s those 15 miles of hiking trails I most care about. So let’s get to them!
2019 update! Weantinoge merged with Brookfield’s land trust and absorbed their small trail network. So it’s even bigger than the above states!
Birch Rocks and Pratt Glen Preserves
Hop Brook Sanctuary
Alice McCallister Memorial Sanctuary
Cobble Brook Vista
Hauser Nature Park
James Morrissey Family Nature Preserve
Kahn-Nostrand Preserves (Bear Hill Complex)
Tory’s Cave Trail
Wildwoods Nature Preserve