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Lyme Land Conservation Trust Inc

aka Lyme Land Trust   |   LYME, CT   |  LymeLandTrust.org

Mission

To retain Lyme's quiet, rural, scenic and historical character while providing fresh air and water for the benefit of the region as well as recreational areas for the public and habitats for wildlife, migrating fish, and birds from 1000's miles away.

Ruling year info

1966

Executive Director

Ms. Kristna White

Main address

PO BOX 1002

LYME, CT 06371 USA

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EIN

06-6085183

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (N12)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Lyme L and Conservation Trust is located in a low growth area. As a result we face several challenges. One is attracting younger leadership. The second is continuing to fund land acquisitions where the State historically contributed 30 to 40% of each purchase and could discontinue support at anytime. We're also concerned that our next generation of leadership may not have the financial resources of our current "baby boomer" leaders/supporters. We also want to attract more kids to our preserves, so no "kid is left inside", and they are introduced to the wonders of nature.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Nature Place at Banningwood

Establishing trails, kiosks, and viewing stations at the Preserve to observe and learn about the magical impact of glacier movements in creating the terrain, water flows, and habitats for wildlife, reptiles, migrating birds and spawning fish.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

The Tour de Lyme is an annual cycling event with 4 road and 2 trial rides. There is a ride for all skill levels and occurs on the third Sunday of May. This is our charity fund raising event through sponsorships and rider registration fees. Most of which is outside our community. We showcase Lyme's scenic beauty, variable terrain, and lightly traveled roads.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Families

Astronomy observatory with large fixed telescope - provides place for learning about astronomy and the importance of dark skies

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Tour de Lyme

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are getting more coverage with our strategy to enhance our educational initiatives. Also our Big annual charity event, the Tour de Lyme, is well covered in attracting cyclists from the northeast

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Board annual participation is expected; all 12 contributed.

Number of IUCN Red List species with habitats in areas affected by operations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The only statistics available are from DEEP and are reported on a County basis. We're located on the western edge of New London County, boarding on the CT River.

Area of land, in hectares, directly controlled by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We own 43 properties and we manage over 69 easements of easements in the town of Lyme.

Acres of land leased, purchased, or put into easement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Added 2 new easements

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Lyme Land Trust in concert with the State, Town and other like minded organizations have protected in perpetuity an incredible 50% of the acreage in the Town of Lyme.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Lyme Land Trust has a goal to focus on the acquisition of properties through grants or purchases with ones that connect with other preserved properties to create greenways, to enhance bio-diversity or to extend trails or have important waterways or feeds.

We have a goal of attracting more kids to the outdoors and educating them on the benefits of nature.

We want to attract younger adults to leadership positions at the The Lyme Land Trust to ensure the preservation commitment in perpetuity is maintained.

We want to build our endowment to provide financial stability for the Lyme Land Trust under a new leadership group that may not have the resources of the current "baby boomer" leadership group.

The Preservation Committee of the Board has a rigorous screening and approval process for all land acquisitions and donations before submission to the Board for approval.

While the Land Trust has hosted many successful programs with our local school system, Nature Place with interactive technology is hoped to generate a whole new interest among kids, parents, teachers.

A transition to younger leadership is underway. Our new Executive Director, Kristina White, is doing a great job and is 40 years younger than the retiring one.

We've developed a specific strategy to build our endowment. It's "no cash to day", include us in your estate plans. We have created a private label Charitable Gift Annuity.

Land purchases or grants generally occur opportunistically. The Preservation Committee is equipped to respond accordingly with in depth knowledge of most properties in Lyme. We have received recent donations of land which have increased our holdings of land to over 1000 acres.

The Lyme Land Trust has many years of experience in sharing nature's delights with youngsters through school trips or scout activities. Interfacing with technology could well offer new challenges. Leadership of the NaturePlace effort is our Environmental Director, a mother, who experiences first hand the nature interests of youngsters. The results are TBD.

Kristina is highly regarded among her contemporaries. Trail maintenance requires many volunteers and are being added all the time. This pool is a frequent source of new Directors.

We have increased our gift annuity campaign to over $250,000 which keeps in line with our goal of long term funding.

The Lyme Land Trust has been in Lyme for over 50 years. We're accredited and steward over 3,000 acres in Lyme, CT.

Our woodlands produce fresh air and water for the region. Much of our water is the last to flow into the CT River which provides 70% of the fresh water entering LI Sound!

Our woodlands and waterways are available to the public for recreation. Large tracts offer wildlife bio-diversity. Dam removal and fish ladders offer spawning fish first waterway points of entry to their origins. Those journeys can be measured in thousands of miles as can be the flight of migrating birds prevalent in the area. We are vital to the region

All of this takes money. What have we done:

-Created the Tour de Lyme/most riders outside of Lyme
-Established the President's Circle/donors of $1,000+
-Created the Heritage Society/Members including us in planned giving
-Developing new Member initiatives/area focused drives to fund property purchases
-Created Charitable Gift Annuity/12 sold

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Lyme Land Conservation Trust Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Anthony Irving

Jonathan Butler

Aia LLC

Dan Hulseberg

Baker Botts LLC

Wendolyn Hill

Lyme Open Space Coordinator

Anthony Irving

Ecological and Environmental Consulting Services, inc.

David Frankel

Teacher

Mal Karwoski

Retired

Joe Standart

Joe Standart Photography

Bruce Anderson

Travellers Insurance

Scott Gravatt

retired

Evan Griswold

retired real estate agent

Ryan Quinn

Farmer

Alan Sheiness

retired -ADP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/12/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability