If 2021 has taught us anything, it is that climate change is not 10 years off. Global climate change is here now, and it is threatening the interconnected fabric of our natural world along with another looming catastrophe: the extinction of many species around the world. The loss of natural habitats, the proliferation of man-made chemicals, the industrialization of our agricultural production, and the disruption of our waterways have resulted in the staggering loss of 68% of wildlife populations between 1970 and 2016.
Become a member of the Middlesex Land Trust and help make our community’s wild areas more resilient and improve public access to these natural spaces.
In our 34 years, we have continued to accelerate our progress in protecting open space to ensure the protection of this land in perpetuity.
- Since 2010, we have nearly doubled the number of acres we have held in title or in conservation easements, to 1237 preserved acres.
- In the same timeframe, we have worked as liaisons, facilitators, or intermediaries on an additional 270 acres, most of which are now part of the Silvio O. Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
- Our stewardship team clocked another record number of hours of annual service, keeping our preserves open and accessible.
- With grants from CT DEEP and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we are directing an engineering study of restoring free flowing stream habitat on the Sawmill Brook in Middletown.
- In November, 2021, we began acquiring a 147-acre property on the southwestern edge of the Meshomasic State Forest in Portland.
There is no moss growing under our feet—only in our preserves. Please give generously. Together let’s be bold in confronting these threats to the natural web that sustains us.