Land Trust Annual Meeting

The Essex Land Trust held its annual meeting at Essex Meadow on  April 11. President Nancy Rambeau reviewed operational results, Mike Carlucci provided a financial report, Chet Arnold summarized the status on Land Acquisitions, Geoff Furtney highlighted the Stewardship challenges as we consolidate recent acquisitions and Jim Denham presented the new Trail Guide Project which includes an update of all property maps. We thank all our members and donors for the sustained support provided over many years. Without this support we would not have been so successful in realizing our vision. Click HERE to access the powerpoint presentation which includes a selection of illustrative pictures.


13th Annual Land Trusts Photo Contest 


Amateur photographers and members of six local land trusts celebrated the Thirteenth Annual Land Trusts Photo Contest at a reception on April 12th at the GrandView Camp Resort in Moodus, CT. Three hundred photo entries were on display depicting the wildlife, flora and scenery of East Haddam, Essex, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Salem. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the prizes for the best photos in the categories of land trusts properties, landscape, wildlife, plants, youth, black & white, and cultural/historic.  


The contest’s judges, Skip Broom, Amy Kurtz-Lansing and Joe Standart selected the winners of each category. Soren Frantz’s “Sunset Reeds” earned the top prize of the John G. Mitchell Conservation award.  This year’s ‘Fan Favorite’ award, chosen by the  reception attendees, also went to Soren Frantz for his wildlife photo entitled “Lordes Creek.” To see all of the contest winners, visit

The 13th Annual Land Trusts Photo Contest has been sponsored by the following: All-Pro Automotive, Art Emporium of Old Saybrook, Ashlawn Farm Coffee, Ballek’s Garden Center, Denali Outdoor, Essex Savings Bank, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Evan Griswold at Coldwell Banker, Lorensen Auto Group, The Red House Cultural Arts Center, OWCM Group Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, RiverQuest/ CT River Expeditions, Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House & Cafe, Alison Mitchell.


Follow the Falls

Collaboration with Essex Historical Society

Follow the Falls represents a joint effort by Essex Historical Society and the Essex Land Trust to tell the remarkable story of the Falls River which binds together the three historic villages of Ivoryton, Centerbrook and Essex to form what we know today as the Town of Essex. Besides its historic significance, the Falls River is home to a rich natural history, kept alive by the four Essex Land Trust preserves located along its winding shores.


Falls River Part One. In 2018 Follow the Falls explores the area’s natural history, Native American and European settlements, the harnessing of the river’s water power and the industrial development of Falls River Cove. The story is told through an online magazine, a printed booklet, and special event programs. Click here to access.


Upstream. Future installments of the Falls River story will trace the significant development upstream along the river in both the villages of Centerbrook and Ivoryton. The stories of the workers, their families and the communities that sprung up alongside the river form the historic narrative of the Town of Essex.





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