Focus, Shoot, and Enter the Land Trusts Photo Contest

Attention amateur photographers: The land trusts of East Haddam, Essex, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Salem want to see how your lens captures the beauty of these towns. Enter your photo of a stunning sunset, dew-drenched flower, passing bird, or any of the cultural or historic highlights in one of these six towns in the Land Trusts Photo Contest. Winners will receive cash prizes.


Photographers of all ages may enter, with those 16 years and younger entering the Youth category. Entries must be submitted between January 1 through February 28, 2018. 


Three judges, all photography and art experts, choose the winning photos of each category – Landscape/Waterscape, Plants, Wildlife, Cultural/Historic, Black & White, and Youth. 


All photos must be taken in East Haddam, Essex, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, or Salem. Photos may be in color or black and white, with all black and white photos entering the Black and White category. 


Visit to download contest rules and entry forms, see the fantastic and creative winners from years past, and read more about the judges, sponsors, and land trusts that make this contest possible.


Winners will be announced during a reception in April 2018 where all entered photos will be displayed.


Sponsored by Ballek's Garden Center, Evan Griswold at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage,Essex Meadows, Essex Savings Bank, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Lorensen Auto Group, OWCM Group Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Riverquest-CT Expeditions, Dr. Gita Safaian at Hamburg Cove Endodontics.


Essex Open Space Properties Brochure - January 2016 Edition

We have updated our properties brochure to include all Essex Land Trust and Town of Essex Open Space properties. Twenty-one different locations are listed as well as two pocket parks. This brochure lists the properties, gives a brief description and specifies access points including GPS coordinates which can be used on most smartphone map applications. In addition, there is a town map showing where all the properties can be found. The Essex Land Trust owns, manages and holds conservation easements on approximately 879 acres of town land, 600 of which it owns outright. Properties are open to the public free of charge. Click Here to access a copy of the latest Essex Land Trust Properties brochure.






The Trust for Public Land Releases Official Trail Map for The Preserve

We are pleased to release of the first Official trail maps for The Preserve. There are two versions available: one of the entire property and a second that zooms in to the Essex sections. The 1000-acre forest, known popularly as The Preserve, this unique, intact and contiguous tract is now open for public passive recreation. Among other characteristics, The Preserve features 114 acres of wetlands, including 38 vernal pools; 3,000 feet of watercourses; a 30-acre swamp; a mature coastal forest, three rocky ridge formations and a diverse population of animals and plants (for example, 25 species of amphibians, 30 kinds of mammals and 57 different birds). The Essex Land Trust manages the 70 acres located in the town of Essex and has established two access points, both of which are on Ingham Hill Road, off of Route 153, Westbrook Road. Trails have been marked. Download a copy of either map by clicking the map image below.






Essex Woods & Waters
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