Our Mission Statement
Hilltown Land Trust is dedicated to maintaining the area’s working farms and forests as a vital part of Hilltown life, and to protecting the area’s rich ecological resources, species diversity, native habitats, water quality, and unique scenic landscapes.
What Does Hilltown Land Trust Do?
Hilltown Land Trust works to conserve ecologically important wildlands, economically and culturally important working lands, and the scenic beauty and rural character of the hilltowns. Since our founding in 1986 as a local, all-volunteer land trust, we have acquired 30 conservation restrictions (CRs) covering over 2,500 acres in our service area, with more projects currently in the works. We have also acquired and then sold to the state three agricultural preservation restrictions (APRs) on 468 acres of Worthington farmland.
HLT owns eight properties: two in Williamsburg on which we maintain hiking trails, two in Worthington wetlands which we plan to leave undisturbed, another forested property in Worthington on which we plan to develop a small trail, and three contiguous properties on the Huntington-Westhampton border totaling 469 acres. This large protected area includes extensive hiking trails, an area managed as a sustainable forestry project, and an undisturbed area reserved for wildlife. You can learn more about these properties on the HLT Hiking Trails and Maps page.
Our project committee and Executive Director work with landowners to develop conservation restrictions on their land and lead them through the process of permanent protection. If you think you may be interested in working with HLT to protect your property, please contact our Executive Director, Sally Loomis.
Visualize the region we serve with the HLT Service Area Map.