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We are a private, nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements.

Our goal of land conservation is to permanently preserve sensitive natural areas, farmland, water sources, cultural resources or notable landmarks forever.

How do you benefit from land conservation?

Economic benefits include:

  • Increased property values augment municipal tax revenue in addition to building home owner wealth
  • New residential development attract more tax revenue but almost never as much as they demand in municipal services, most notably education.
  • Conservation land mitigates the stress on and the cost of our municipal services
  • Provides a natural environment for free recreation

Ecological benefits include:

  • Water purification and drinking water protection
  • Reduction of flood dangers
  • Diffuses pollutants associated with storm runoff
  • Conserved open space provides for multiple flora and fauna species habitat

Health Benefits

Ready access to conserved open space can mitigate this suite of health problems by providing citizens with a free place to exercise. The benefits associated with regular physical activity include the reduced risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, and non-insulin dependent diabetes; improved maintenance of muscle strength, joint structure, and joint function; weight loss and favorable redistribution of body fat; improved physical functioning in persons suffering from poor health; and healthier cardiovascular, respiratory, and endocrine systems.

The Bethel Land Trust firmly believe preservation does not mean that economic development stops.


Bethel Land Trust, P.O. Box 332, Bethel, CT 06801
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