The New Hartford Land Trust is an all-
volunteer, private non-profit membership
organization dedicated to promoting the
permanent preservation and protection of
farmland, forest, and other open space
and natural resources in New Hartford.
In the mid 1800's, many "village
improvement societies" formed in New
England to "improve the quality of life and of
the environment." These small nonprofit
organizations were the forerunners of
today's land trust movement. A few years
later, in 1891, the Massachusetts legislature
incorporated The Trustees of Reservations
to protect the “jewels of the living
landscape”. The Society for the Protection of
New Hampshire Forests, with similar
purposes, was formed in 1901. Today, both
organizations are among the nation's
leading state conservation groups.
Not all the pioneers were in the northeast. At
the turn of the century, a group of
Californians organized the Sempervirens
Club with the slogan "Save the Redwoods".
The New Hartford Land Trust, a private, non-
profit, tax-exempt organization formed in
1973, is currently preserving 425+ acres of
open space and natural resources in New
Hartford for the benefit of the public.
The Land Trust provides a means by which
woodlands, meadows, farmlands, water
resources and unique natural sites can be