Land Conservancy of Ridgefield Celebrates 50 years!

The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield is celebrating 50 years as it preserves over 700 cares of Ridgefield’s open space — about 26% of the town’s land. (Click title to read article.)

LCR President, Doug Martin, receives 2017 Edith Meffley Award

The Ridgefield Conservation Commission recognized our President, Doug Martin, with the 2017 Edith Meffley Award.  Doug has led the LCR through the accreditation process and, more importantly, was an active ambassador for the important mission of the land conservancy.  Congratulations, Doug.

The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield Earns National Recognition

The LCR announced it has achieved national recognition — joining a network of only 372 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.  “Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation in our community,” said Joan Corley, LCR President.  “We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.  Our strength means special places — such as the Jeanne Timpanelli Nature Preserve — will be protected forever, making Ridgefield an even greater […]

The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield elects a new President

The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield elected Ms. Joan Corley as President at its 2016 annual meeting.  Ms. Corley succeeds Mr. Douglas Martin, who was elected as Vice President.  The other Board Officers are Ms. Nancy Sullivan Murray, Treasurer, and Mr. Brian Truskowski, Secretary.

The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield applies for National Recognition

The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield, Inc. is delighted to announce that it is applying for accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working land forever.  The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.  So far only 317 land trusts across the country have earned this national mark of distinction. “This is a major step for the Land […]

Tax Incentive for Conservation Easement Donations Passes Congress

In a strong bipartisan action, the Senate voted 65-33 today to pass the omnibus bill that will make the tax incentive for conservation easement donations permanent.  This follows yesterday’s 318-109 vote in the House. This legislation represents a huge win for conservation, for landowners and for the land trust community.  Once signed into law the incentive will be applied retroactively to start Jan. 1, 2015. [Read more]

Sidney Kelley honored by Land Conservancy and Town

Sidney G. Kelley was honored by the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield as Honorary Director. Mr. Kelley has been an active member of the land trust’s board for 43 years including ten years as president. During this time, more than 655 acres of land were added to the trust to remain in their natural state in perpetuity. Mr. Kelley was also presented with a Town of Ridgefield Proclamation from First Selectman Rudy Marconi, recognizing his devotion to the protection of Ridgefield’s natural resources. [Read More] 

In memory of Mr. Thomas Belote

The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield mourns the loss of one of our long time board members and active Ridgefield community member.   Mr. Thomas Belote died on Sunday, September 6th.  His advice, active involvement and knowledge of our community will be missed.  More information can be found on the Ridgefield Press website at “”.

Land Trust Accreditation Scheduled

The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield has been accepted as part of the 2016 Land Trust accreditation program.  We will be participating in “Round 1” of the 2016 assessment program.  This is a significant milestone in the organization’s history.

Letter to all Ridgefielders

Today, the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield sent a letter to all town residents.   The letter tells a story of growing up in our town by one long time Ridgefielder (and Land Conservancy of Ridgefield Board Member), the purpose of our organization and why it’s mission is vital to our community.  The letter also invites Ridgefielders to consider a donation while staying in touch through this website.  If you are interested in receiving our periodic newsletter, please send us an email address.

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