Salem Land Trust    

P.O. Box 2133, Salem, Connecticut, 06420, USA


A 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the natural resources of the Salem area for future generations- the water courses, swamps, meadows, and woodlands, the plant and animal life therein, as well as scenic, natural and historic sites; helping to preserve the area’s beauty, rural character and natural diversity.

Salem Land Trust Membership

A reminder that 2013 Membership Dues due Jan. 1.
Please send to:
Salem Land Trust
P.O. Box 2133
Salem, CT 06420
Individual $15 - Family $25 - Sustaining $100 - Life $300 - Couples Life $500

2013 SLT  Events & Educational

Nature Hikes

For information on events: 860-859-3520 or


Spring Walk at CT DEEP’s Zemko Pond Wildlife Management Area

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 AM

Rain Date May 19th


T.J. Butcher will lead.  T.J. knows this land like his own backyard because he has been a neighbor to this property for many years.  He is an exceptional birder, and he also knows where to find the amphibians, butterflies and spring wildflowers.  This is an easy to moderate walk so please bring the whole family, with one long hill leading away from and to the parking area.  Meet at this parking lot on Round Hill Rd., 1 mile E. of Rt. 85.  Please call 860-859-3520 for additional information.




CT & National Trails Day Hike

The Darling Road Preserve

Saturday, June 1, 2013; 9:30 AM

Rain date- Sunday, June 2nd 

Hike the Salem Land Trust's Darling Road Preserve, which now includes an additional 8 acres, purchased last fall.  Support for the additional land came from individual donors from the Town of Salem, a generous donor who matched their donations, and the Bafflin Foundation of Providence, RI. This Hike will take us to the East Branch of the "Wild and Scenic" Eightmile River and through a public trail on the privately owned Salem Valley Corporation’s Gungy Road property.    These trails will become part of the proposed 4-Town trail from East Lyme through Lyme, Salem and into East Haddam.  Points of interest include a colonial tri-county stone marker, rock formations, a monster white oak (recently discovered to be one of the largest in the State), and vernal pools.  Songs and sightings of nesting interior forest birds, including wood thrush, scarlet tanager, cerulean warbler and barred owl, have been enjoyed by hikers on these properties.  Approx. 2 hrs, hilly terrain; no sneakers please, hiking shoes or boots.  Bring your own water and snack.


Park at the Darling Road Preserve, 428 Darling Rd., Salem, CT; additional parking at the adjacent Winslow Preserve, 470 Darling Rd.



Butterfly Walk at Walden Preserve

Sunday, July 7, 9:30 AM

Rain date July 14th

Richard Chyinski will show hikers the amazing varieties of butterflies that live and migrate through the Walden Preserve.  These Butterfly Walks are very popular with children.  Rich has a technique that allows him to safely “catch” these delicate creatures; keep them in hand for the children (and adults!) to study, and then let them fly free.  



Salem Land Trust Annual Meeting

October 17, 2013, 7:00 PM

Salem Town Hall, Rt. 85


All invited! - Refreshments served

 Program & Nominations T/B/A






Directions to the Salem Land Trust Properties:

Darling Road Preserve- 101 acres TRAIL MAPS\Darling Road Preserve.jpg

From Salem 4-corners: West, [toward East Haddam] onto Rt. 82 for 1.2 mi., then left on Darling Rd. for 0.3 mi., right onto White Birch Rd. for 0.6 mi., straight ahead to Darling Rd. for 0.7 mi. Preserve entrance, with Trail Map, is on the left; park along road or 0.2 miles further at The Nature Conservancy owned Winslow Property. Dogs are allowed on leashes; no hunting or motorized vehicles. 


Tatson’s Woods- 8 acres TRAIL MAPS\Tatson's Woods Preserve.jpg

From Salem 4-corners: West, [toward East Haddam] onto Rt. 82 for 2.2 mi. Entrance to preserve on the left. Parking is along Rt. 82 across from entrance. Preserve is approximately 0.5 mi. walk in from Rt 82, along a marked right-of-way. Dogs are allowed on leashes; no hunting or motorized vehicles. 


Alf & Sylvia Bingham Preserve- 4 acres TRAIL MAPS\Alf & Sylvia Bingham Preserve.jpg

From Salem 4-Corners: West, [toward East Haddam] on Rt 82 for 1.2 mi., left onto Darling for 0.9 mi., entrance and parking on the left.  Please follow the right-of-way to Preserve entrance. Dogs are allowed on leashes; no hunting or motorized vehicles.


The Ahnert Property- 6 acres

From Salem 4-Corners: North on Rt. 85 for 2.3 mi.  The property is on the right with parking just off the road. No trails, but easy access from the road.  Dogs are allowed on leashes; no hunting or motorized vehicles.


Zemko Sawmill Preserve- 72 acres TRAIL MAPS\Zemko Sawmill Preserve.jpg

From Salem 4-corners: North on 85 for 1.9 mi., right onto Rattlesnake Ledge Rd. for 0.9 mi. Entrance/parking on the left along dirt driveway.  Dogs are allowed on leashes; no hunting or motorized vehicles.  


Big Brook Gorge Preserve- 19.67 acres TRAIL MAPS\Big Brook Gorge Preserve.jpg

From Salem 4-corners:  North on Rt. 85 (Hartford Rd.) for ~3 mi., the Preserve is the last property in the Town of Salem on the East side of Rt. 85.  Pull off and park by the side of the road.  A sign marking the property will be placed along the roadside in Spring 2011. Dogs are allowed on leashes; no hunting or motorized vehicles. 



Additional properties open to the Public for Hiking in Salem:

Walden Preserve, 400acres- owned by The Nature Conservancy

From Salem 4-Corners, take Rt. 85 N., in 0.5 mi. turn left onto Hagen Rd., Preserve parking lot 200' on right.  Service dogs only are allowed.  Please, no pets.  No hunting.  No motorized vehicles except for authorized handicapped and maintenance vehicles.


Zemko Pond Wildlife Management Area- owned by State of CT DEP

From Salem 4-Corners take Rt. 85 N. 1.34 mi., turn right onto Round Hill Rd., 1 mi. to Zemko Pond parking lot on Right.  No motorized vehicles.  Hunting is allowed in-season with State issued permit only, see DEP web site for information.



Give the gift of O2 for now and the future.


Help The Salem Land Trust preserve forestland. Contribute $25.00 as a gift for someone. 

Your donation is tax deductible. For your contribution, you will receive a card that displays a

beautiful watercolor scene of “Turtle Bay” in Mitchell Pond in Salem, CT, by Lyme artist Angie Falstrom.


Make checks payable to Salem Land Trust and mail to:

Salem Land Trust, P.O. Box 2133, Salem, CT 06420

You may call 860-859-3283 with questions.

The Salem Land Trust, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization.


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The Salem Land Trust Earns National Recognition

Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission


Salem, CT – The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, an organization of over 1,700 land trusts in the United States, announced today that The Salem Land Trust has earned accredited status.  The Salem Land Trust is only the second all-volunteer land trust in the country to be so approved.


“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land.”


The Salem Land Trust’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation,” says Linda K. Schroeder, Vice-President. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.”


The Salem Land Trust received its non-profit status in 1999 and works in the town of Salem, Connecticut.    The land trust owns 190 acres of protected land, all of which is open for the public to enjoy.  In addition, SLT has worked with conservation-minded landowners to protect another 232 acres of working farms and forests to keep these lands in their undeveloped state.  While having agricultural and conservation easements on them, these 232 acres are still privately owned and pay property taxes to the town of Salem.


Land is America’s most important and valuable resource. Conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water, food security, scenic landscapes and views, recreational places, and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. Across the country, local citizens and communities have come together to form land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 37 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.


The Salem Land Trust was awarded accreditation this August along with 19 other land trusts from across the country. These 19 land trusts join 59 other land trusts that have been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008.  Accredited land trusts are able to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.


The Land Trust Accreditation Commission based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance established in 2006, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. The Alliance, of which The Salem Land Trust is a member, is a national conservation group based in Washington, D.C. that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America. More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website, More information on the Alliance is available at


“The Salem Land Trust is very proud to have earned the right to display the accreditation seal of the Land Trust Alliance,” added David Bingham, Salem Land Trust President.



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