Lyme Conservation Trust
Frequently Asked Questions
Here's some questions that we
get from time to time.
For more general questions
and answers, also see the
Q: What's the difference between OLCT, the Open Space Committee, the Inland/Wetlands Commission and the Nature Conservancy ?
A: OLCT is a
private, non-profit organization. The Open Space Committee and
Inland/Wetlands Commissions are part of the town of Old Lyme's
organizations, with appointed officers.
Q: Which other organizations do you work with?
Q: How can I get involved in OLCT?
Q: What kind of educations for the public do you do?
A: We participate in public events such as
the Old Lyme Memorial Day Fair and the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival. We
offer quarterly hikes on the town open spaces and describe the flora and
fauna that live in our woods.
Q: Why can't I drive my ATV on your properties and trails?
A: The land suffers erosion and trails become destroyed from the high speed and large tires. This makes the trails dangerous for anyone else to use. It may also cause rutting, wetlands damage and plant destruction.
Q: Can I bike on your trails?
A: In certain trails some biking can be tolerated. It is best to mountain bike in areas and on trails that are designed for that impact. The Nehantic State forest in East Lyme and Lyme is a good place for that type of fast recreation.
Q: May I bring my pet along on a hike?
A: Yes, if it is under your control at all times.
Q: Who maintains the trails?
A: OLCT does this via it's Stewardship Committee. If you are interested in helping out, you can join our committee or work as a volunteer. Call 434-7676.
Q: What is your view on ticks, mosquitoes, deer, beaver and squirrels?
A: Part of our mission statement is "the
preservation of Old Lyme's natural resources" which includes animals and
bugs so as a base rule we recommend "tolerance" for any type of wild
life, i.e. try to find ways where both we as humans and the wild life
Q: Can you give me a better price for my property than I would get in the open market?
A: Not necessarily price, but we can offer you market value. More importantly we can help you design a custom plan best suited for your personal and family situation.
Q: What is a conservation easement?
A: A conservation easement is a restriction
placed on a piece of property to protect the resources (natural or
man-made) associated with the parcel. The easement is either voluntarily
sold or donated by the landowner, and constitutes a legally binding
agreement that prohibits certain types of development (residential or
commercial) from taking place on the land.
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