The Concord Land Conservation Trust seeks to conserve the natural resources of Concord and the town’s traditional landscape of woods, meadows, and fields.

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The Concord Land Conservation Trust (CLCT) is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization devoted to the preservation of open land in the Town of Concord. Founded in 1959, CLCT has seven trustees and over 650 member families. CLCT seeks to conserve the natural resources of Concord and the town’s traditional landscape of woods, meadows, and fields.

Since its inception, CLCT has acquired through gift or purchase over 900 acres and holds conservation restrictions on an additional 265 acres. All of this land will be protected from development and remain in its natural state forever; once a property or a conservation restriction on a property is acquired by CLCT, it is never relinquished. An affiliate, the Concord Open Land Foundation (COLF), was founded in 1988 to engage in conservation transactions where the land acquired, or a portion of it, may be subsequently sold or swapped.

How we protect land

Gifts of land

Gifts of land to CLCT are tax deductible for federal income tax purposes and can lower federal estate taxes by removing property from the estate. Recent gifts to CLCT include the Douglas and Adele Miller Farm near Nine Acre Corner and property on Kennedy Pond in West Concord.

Purchases of land

CLCT also purchases land, either directly by raising funds through contributions, or indirectly by organizing persons to sponsor a purchase which is then gifted to CLCT. Recent acquisitions by purchase include the 80-acre October Farm Riverfront, a joint project with the Town of Concord…

A property owner who sells property to CLCT 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 value and the sale price.

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Conservation restrictions

By placing a conservation restriction or easement on their 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 are 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 activity, such 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 result in income tax deductions and lower property taxes for the owner.

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Options and rights of first refusals

A property owner interested in protecting their property from development can grant a purchase option or right of first refusal in favor of CLCT or COLF. An option gives CLCT the exclusive right to purchase the property at a set price within a period of time, providing CLCT an opportunity to solicit donations and…

raise funds for the purchase. A 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 opportunity to conserve a property without having to act immediately.

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Land stewardship

Management + caretaking

CLCT engages in activities to maintain and protect Concord’s natural resources. This includes mowing meadows, maintaining trails and controlling invasive plant species on CLCT land. Recent efforts also include sponsorship of a project to clear water chestnuts from Fairhaven Bay and, with other area organizations, researching the use of beetles to control the invasive purple loosestrife.

Volunteer work

Coming soon!

Events + education

Coming soon!

In acting to preserve open space, CLCT concentrates on large tracts that provide a critical mass of protected land, parcels that abut or link other protected properties, and parcels in areas of the Town where open space is scarce. Woods, fields and ponds are all suitable for protection. Not every parcel of land in Concord, however, is appropriate for protection. Isolated building lots are generally not regarded as suitable for acquisition by CLCT unless they enlarge or link existing conserved areas.

Concord Land Conservation Trust

Trustees

Chair

Joan D. Ferguson

As Chair of CLCT and a practicing landscape architect, Joan knows the landscape of Concord well. Joan has served on the Natural Resources Commission and Planning board and currently serves on the steering committee of Playscape. Joan and her husband, John, have lived in Concord for over 40 years.
Vice Chair

Pauline Cross Reeve

Polly has a plethora of experience in fundraising and nonprofit management which makes her a wonderful asset to the CLCT board. Working over at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary as the Director of Development, she knows her efforts are going towards conserving land and wildlife. Polly and her husband Brock have lived in Concord with since 1994 and raised their three children here.
Treasurer

Jeffrey Wieand

Jeff has been heavily involved in Town affairs, serving on the Select Board, the Public Works Commission, the Historic District Commission and the Board of Appeals. He is currently on the boards of Concord Art and the Concord Chamber Music Society and has continuously practiced law in Massachusetts since 1985. Jeff and his wife Janet Silver have lived in Concord for over 30 years.
Secretary

John M. Stevens, Jr.

As a retired lawyer, having practiced environmental law for 42 years, John understands the importance of preserving natural resources and conveys that importance in the most compelling and eloquent way. Since his retirement, he has continued to serve as a director of the de Beaumont Foundation and as co-counsel for the Mass Water Resources Authority. He and his wife Dinny have lived in Concord for over 40 years.
Trustee

Lynn G. Huggins

A lifelong resident of Concord, Lynn cares deeply for the town and for preserving its rural character. She is currently serving on the Natural Resources Commission and in the past has served on Concord’s Planning Board, Community Preservation Committee, Heywood Meadow Stewardship Committee, and was a former president of the Garden Club of Concord. Lynn is a staff attorney for the New Hampshire Supreme Court. At any chance, she loves to head out for a hike on CLCT’s trails.
Trustee

Frederic Mulligan

As an avid outdoorsman, Fred believes in protecting nature for his grandchildren so they can paddle down the Concord River and experience unspoiled wild riverfront. Fred is the retired Chairman and CEO of Cutler Associates and brings a Civil Engineer’s eye to our organization. Fred and his wife Victoria moved to Concord in 2011, and are dedicated Emersonian/Thoreauvians.
Trustee Emeritus

Gordon H. Shaw

As a 3rd generation Shaw, Gordon has lived his entire life in Concord. He was invited into the Land Trust early on by David Emerson and Elizabeth Lowell and with his experience at Conway School of Design, has cared for the land ever since. Gordon served many years on the Town’s Natural Resources, was a Selectman for two terms and was made Honored Citizen.
Trustee

Jonathan M. Keyes

As a lifelong resident of Concord, Jay has a wealth of knowledge about the town and CLCT properties. In his retirement, he has been very active in both the town and other non-profits. He is currently a board member of the New England Forestry Foundation, Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association and Arsenal Square Trust. Jay also serves on two town committees including Tax Fairness and Trails.
Concord Open Land Foundation

Directors

President

Thomas C. Tremblay

Treasurer

F. Robert Parker

Rob has always been an outdoorsman and became interested in land conservation when he watched places he enjoyed in his childhood begin to change. He is a commercial real estate lawyer and investor in his professional life and enjoys fishing, skiing and hiking with his family in his leisure time. Rob and his family moved to Concord over 15 years ago and take advantage of the open spaces and many trails found in Concord and surrounding towns.
Directors board

Nancy Nelson

Nancy came to Concord in 1993 as superintendent of Minute Man National Historical Park and, she was immediately attracted to the people and the mission of the Concord Land Conservation Trust. When she retired in 2017, her commitment to the national park's diverse landscapes transferred easily to service with CLCT and to the protection of the woods, meadows, fields, and wetlands that define Concord. With a background in political science, planning and landscape architecture and broad experience in resource protection, she plays an important role in working with Concordians and multiple organizations.
Directors board

Lynn G. Huggins

A lifelong resident of Concord, Lynn cares deeply for the town and for preserving its rural character. She is currently serving on the Natural Resources Commission and in the past has served on Concord’s Planning Board, Community Preservation Committee, Heywood Meadow Stewardship Committee, and was a former president of the Garden Club of Concord. Lynn is a staff attorney for the New Hampshire Supreme Court. At any chance, she loves to head out for a hike on CLCT’s trails.
Directors board

John Bemis

John is a lifelong resident of Concord and brings to the table an agricultural perspective to help CLCT protect farmlands in Concord. He was a principle at Hutchins Farm and also has a degree in Architecture. He was the first chairman of the Agricultural Committee and wrote the right to farm bylaw in Concord.
Concord Land Conservation Trust

Team

Executive Director

Laney Widener

Laney is the newest staff member and first Executive Director of CLCT. She has a background in Plant Biology and Conservation, with a focus on rare species conservation and land stewardship. Laney believes that protecting and continuing to steward natural and historical lands in light of our changing landscapes is an invaluable role land trusts play. Before joining CLCT, she worked in Concord managing invasive plant species, monitoring rare plants, and conducting other stewardship activities in the area.