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To preserve the natural resources in the greater Manchester area, including water, wetlands, woodlands and other open spaces, and the plan and animal life therin, and the unique scenic, natual and historic values of the properties intrusted to its care. To promote the use of its properties for educational, scientific an passive recreational purposes.
The Manchester Land Conservation Trust is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving open space land in the greater Manchester, Connecticut area for free passive recreation to the public. The trust owns over 20 properties in Manchester and four surrounding towns (Andover, Bolton, East Hartford and Vernon). Total land owned by the trust is over 370 acres.
Key properties include Risley Park, Saulter's Pond, the Cheney Rail Trail and Buckland Pond.
The trust is in the process of acquiring the Botti Farm, an additional 62 acres in southwest Manchester and northern Glastonbury. The farm includes extensive fruit orchards, which the trust hopes to reestablish.