Concord Land Conservation Trust (CLCT) is a private, non-profit,
501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization devoted to the preservation and conservation of
open land in the Town of Concord. Founded in 1959, CLCT now has
seven trustees and over 650 member families. CLCT seeks to preserve
Concord’s natural landscape, open space, wildlife corridors
and habitats, and sense of place. CLCT works in concert with the
Town of Concord, Minuteman National Park and other local conservation
organizations to maximize the amount of protected property.
Since its inception, CLCT has acquired, through gift or purchase,
acres and holds conservation restrictions on an additional 265 acres.
this land will be protected from development and remain in its natural
forever; once property or a conservation restriction on property
is acquired by
CLCT, it is never relinquished. A subsidiary, Concord Open Land
(COLF), was founded in 1988 to engage in conservation transactions
land acquired, or a portion of it, may be subsequently sold or swapped.
five directors of COLF meet regularly with CLCT Trustees and participate
Land owned by the CLCT, as well as, in varying degrees, much of
the land on
which CLCT holds conservation restrictions, is open to public use.
properties are ideal for hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing,
canoeing and ice skating. Swimming, camping, fires, hunting and
vehicles are not permitted.
In acting to preserve open space, CLCT concentrates on large tracts
provide a critical mass of protected land, parcels that abut or
protected properties, and parcels in areas of the Town where open
scarce. Woods, fields and ponds are all suitable for protection.
parcel of land in Concord, however, is appropriate for protection.
building lots are generally not regarded as suitable for acquisition
unless they enlarge or link existing conserved areas.
Concord becomes more and more developed, conservation opportunities
rapidly diminishing. Here are some of the ways CLCT seeks to protect
land in Concord:
Gifts of Land. Gifts of land to CLCT are tax deductible for federal
tax purposes and can lower federal estate taxes by removing property
estate. Recent gifts to CLCT include the Douglas and Adele Miller
Nine Acre Corner and a property on Kennedy Pond in West Concord.
Purchases of Land. CLCT also purchases land, either directly by
through contributions, or indirectly by organizing persons to sponsor
which is then gifted to CLCT. Recent acquisitions by purchase include
Woods in the Spencer Brook Valley. A property owner who sells property
or COLF at less than its fair market value (a "bargain sale")
may receive an
income tax deduction equal to the difference between the fair market
the sale price.
Conservation Restrictions. By placing a conservation restriction
on its property in favor of CLCT, a property owner agrees to limit
the type and
amount of development that can occur on the property. Most restrictions
permanent and remain in force in perpetuity, but some restrictions
may be for a
term of years. Some easements may be restricted to a particular
as a trail easement across an owner’s property. The value
of the restrictions
granted, which reduce the fair market value of the property, may
income tax deductions and lower property taxes for the owner.
Options and Rights of First Refusal. A property owner interested
protecting its property from development can grant a purchase option
or right of
first refusal in favor of CLCT or COLF. An option gives CLCT the
right to purchase the property at a set price within a period of
CLCT an opportunity to solicit donations and raise funds for the
right of first refusal gives CLCT the opportunity to match a bona
fide offer to
purchase a property. Either device ensures that CLCT will have an
to conserve a property without having to act immediately.
Activities and Functions
CLCT pursues its goals of conserving and maintaining land in a number
Education. Each winter and spring, CLCT (together with Harvard University)
sponsors a series of three lectures by noted scientists and other
topics in conservation-related fields, such as biology, ecology
The lectures are presented and coordinated with students and teachers
Concord-Carlisle High School, Concord Academy and Middlesex School.
topics include global warming and conservation lessons for New England.
check Events for the next lecture.
Walks and Social Activities. Throughout the year, CLCT conducts
on CLCT properties, followed by refreshments at a nearby home. Upcoming
are listed in Events.
Conservation Activities. CLCT engages in activities to maintain
Concord’s natural resources. This includes mowing meadows
and maintaining trails on CLCT land. Recent efforts also include sponsorship
project to clear water chestnuts from Fairhaven Bay and, with other
organizations, researching the use of beetles to control the invasive purple loosestrife.
How to Help
is funded entirely by annual membership dues and donations by members
friends. Many donations are made for the purpose of acquiring specific
of property. In addition, CLCT is endeavoring to build an endowment
finance ongoing maintenance and administration of properties already
Contributions of any size are always welcome, and may be made in
cash or by
gifts of marketable securities. All contributions are fully tax-deductible
federal income tax purposes. Please see our donations page for more information.
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