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Preserving the rural heritage of Sharon CT

The Sharon Land Trust is an advocacy group dedicated to preserving the rural heritage of Sharon, Connecticut. Our mission is to to protect and preserve lands of special scenic, natural, environmental, recreational, historic, or agricultural value to the rural atmosphere of the town of Sharon. We encourage outright gifting of land for permanent protection and the use of conservation easements to preserve the rural character our beautiful town.

The Sharon Land Trust Inc. is a non-profit corporation, founded by Sharon residents in 1982. We are managed by a Board of Directors that are elected each year at an annual meeting.


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LAND PROTECTION

The primary way we can protect Sharon’s rural landscape is to conserve land. This includes farms that provide us with locally cultivated food, forests rich with habitats for wildlife, and trails that invite outdoor adventures and further our connection to the land. We work closely with landowners, families, organizations, and other municipalities to protect land with a tool called a conservation easement.


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In dedication to the generosity of landowners who provide conservation easements on their family land, farmers who setup conservation easements on their agricultural land, and the commitment of our community to protect special places.


ABOUT SHARON, CT

Here you can learn more about Sharon’s geography.

Find out more about the scenic areas of Sharon.

Check out some great local links.

Sharon is a small, picturesque town located in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. The town has a total population of roughly 3000 people. Sharon is comprised of 59.6 square miles in total area and is bordered on the North by Salisbury, to the East by Cornwall along the Housatonic River, on the South by Kent, and the West by Millerton and Amenia, New York. The highest point is on Ellsworth Hill; 1551 feet above sea level. The lowest point is on the Housatonic River on the Kent border at 390 feet resulting in a total relief of 1161 feet.

As in the case of other New England towns, the geology of Sharon was a determinant in how the early settlers lived. Trees were more than ample for building and heating. Plentiful tree bark and water permitted the tanning of hides. Despite the boulder-strewn soils, settlers managed to grow the necessary foods. Running water from Sharon’s numerous streams provided the power for grist mills and saw mills. Following the discovery of iron ore in 1731, forges were put into production using limonite and goethite from Salisbury, a mine near Indian Lake, and magnetite from the town’s East slope. The need for lime, first produced by farmers in small kilns, was later produced commercially in Sharon Valley’s first large kiln in 1814, later in Weed’s 1840 kiln in Calkinstown, and the recently restored c1873 Sharon Valley kiln. Lime from these and other sources was used to neutralize acidic upland soils, make paint, plaster and many more products. Gravel from kames and glaciolacustrene terraces was plentiful for the construction of roads and the making of concrete. With the advent of the 1825 blast furnace in town, the tree population began to dwindle because of the use of wood for charcoal. By the 1890s when larger, more productive dairy farms were in operation, more of the land was cleared for crops and grazing.

 

NEWS & EVENTS


Hosting Two Hikes September 10th & 17th. Come Explore the Mary Moore Preserve!
Saturday, September 10th at 8:00 AM: Early morning fitness hike. Start your day with a brisk hike up the Mary Moore Trail. On September 17th, we...

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Wike Brothers Farm Project Update
The Sharon Land Trust has been awarded the 2015 Excellence in Conservation Organization Nomination by the Connecticut Farmland Trust! One of Sharon’s oldest and largest family...

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INVASIVE PLANT SYMPOSIUM TUESDAY , OCTOBER 11
Invasive Plants in Our Changing World: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016 8:00 AM – 4:30 P.M Student Union...

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2016 Student Work Project
Some great photos from our ongoing student work project. Great job to everyone that participated!...

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Invasive Plant Workshop = Huge Success!
If you missed our Invasive Plant Workshop on October 24, here is a video of Tom Zetterstrom’s presentation! Other Great Resources UConn Invasive symposium coming...

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Mary Moore Preserve Trail – Preview Hike This Weekend!
Join us for a 2 mile hike on the Mary Moore Preserve trail HVRHS students have just finished a 2-week work session. Come see what...

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Student Session at Mary Moore Preserve
Students started a two week work session at the Mary Moore Preserve. Thanks to a generous donation from the Millbrook Garden Club, our work on...

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Chinkapin Oak Flourishes
We did some clearing around the Chinkapin Oak to make sure this beautiful tree has plenty of light. Thank you Jon Wilbur and Tim Hansen...

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Want To Help?


Leave your legacy to the community that you love.
There are many ways that you can help us achieve our goal of preserving Sharon’s rural heritage. Learn more about the ways you can give today.



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