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The Southbury Land Trust is a private nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of farmland, open spaces, and natural resources for the benefit of present and future residents of Southbury.

Founded in 1978, the Trust is supported by your memberships and donations, and provides an effective means to save land in its natural state in perpetuity.  The scenic ridges, wooded hillsides, meadows, wetlands and waterways within the lands that are protected by the Trust not only give Southbury its unique aesthetic character, but also contribute significantly to the diversity of plant and wildlife species in the region.

Conserving land is a way to protect Southbury's natural beauty and contributes to our community's quality of life. Open space adds value to our lives. It also increases the value of nearby properties and is cost-effective for taxpayers. 

Southbury Land Trust protected spaces are exceptional and many of our preserves are open to the public for you to enjoy. 

Protecting Nature

Protecting nature. Preserving life.

With its over 2,000 preserved acres, the SLT is a leader in the community in protecting ecologically important lands for nature and people. The Trust works closely with the Town of Southbury to preserve properties that reflect the Town’s rural and country background.  In addition to money donated directly to the Trust and provided by the Town’s Open Space Fund, we also have received grants from both the state and federal governments.  All of these funding sources pooled together have allowed us to preserve key farmlands, woodlands and other open spaces in our town.

Our Team


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Donna Civitello

Anne Colby

Laura Hine

Mike Lyons

Mike Mattera

Kempshall McAndrew

Pat Monahan

Ed Platt


Regina Badura
tewardship Director

Joy VanderLek 
Administrative Director 

Your Role

You can support the Southbury Land Trust by becoming a member. Membership dues and donations are tax-deductible. Bequests and memorial gifts are also gratefully accepted. You can donate through our website or directly by sending a check to the Southbury Land Trust at P.O. Box 600 Southbury, CT 06488.

The Trust also has many volunteer opportunities both in the office and in the field.
Contact us to learn more.

Southbury Land Trust hikers


We have the best volunteers! Whatever your superpower-trail maintenance, educational outreach, archivist and office help-you are welcome here.  


Members are at the very core of our success in preserving more than 2,000 acres of open space to date. Your membership allows us to maintain properties, keep trails open to the public, offer educational programming, and keep the lights on in the office. 

Memorial Benches

Memorial benches and legacy gifts are a fitting tribute to a loved one's memory; or to celebrate an outstanding community or family member with a passion for the environment and wildlife. 
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