About US

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ACTING ON CONCERN

The Great Meadows Conservation Trust, Inc., was incorporated in 1968 by concerned citizens of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Glastonbury as a non-profit tax-exempt land trust to protect and preserve the Great Meadows. We wish to save the floodplain’s vital agricultural, scenic, archeological and wetland resources, and are committed to work with like-minded groups and landowners. We are organized to acquire land and negotiate conservation easements. We interact with state and local governments about decisions affecting the meadows, believing that the intrinsic value of the land must be high on the public agenda.

AN OASIS OF GREEN

South of Hartford the Connecticut River winds through 4500 acres of open land, the Great Meadows of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Glastonbury. This floodplain contains rich farmland, a varied habitat for wildlife and the largest freshwater marsh in the state. It is an oasis of green in the urban sprawl of Greater Hartford. Cultivated since prehistoric times, the farmland with its plentiful water supply is some of the most valued in the world.

HEED THE WARNING SIGNS

The meadows are already scarred. Acres have been mined for sand and gravel. Highways and industrial and urban development have usurped other of its space. There is vandalism, dumping and misuse of wetlands which can cause irreparable damage. Pressures to develop in the Great Meadows and along the river intensify each year. Without action to protect it, this oasis will disappear.

LOOKING AHEAD

The Trust will continue to encourage agriculture and compatible recreational use in the meadows; support archeological and ecological research and be alert to activity that may cause needless damage. The Trust will work with others in long-range planning for the Connecticut River and its environs, believing that wise use of these resources is vital today and for the generations to come.

STEPS ALONG THE WAY

Since 1968 the Trust has directly protected a number of key parcels in the Meadows by purchase, gift or easement. The Trust has also taken action...

  in a successful fight to prevent a horse racing
facility in the Wethersfield
meadows

  to halt the clear-cutting of one of the last remaining
flood plain forests

  to have five miles of scenic river valley included in
the Nationwide Rivers Inventory

  as a cooperator in the purchase of the Rocky Hill
Quarry for a Natural
Heritage Park

  to initiate a citizen’s River Watch with the Connecticut
River Watershed Council.

  to monitor proposals affecting the river and the floodplain.


   



Great Meadows Conservation Trust, Inc.
P.O. Box 171
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Send inquiries to:
info at gmct.org