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East Lyme and Niantic

East Lyme and Niantic

Management and funding

The trust has a president, Kathryn Stillwell Burton, and an executive committee. It is an NGO and acquires and preserves properties inperpetuity. Funding comes through membership and donations.


The trust was founded in 1972 and owns fifteen properties totalling more than 1,020 acres within the town of East Lyme. Seven are excellent wetlands, five coastal wetlands that feed into the Long Island Sound in Conneticut, USA near the Conneticut River.


The properties consist of coastal wetlands, interior wetlands, coastal forest and marshland with several unusual features. There is no centre per-se but all are open to the public and there are regular education programs. Due to their fragile nature some of the sites are closed for part of the year.

Key features

The main purpose of the trust is to preserve the lands but there are many educational walks. Pamphlets and maps are available and there are educational talks for adults and children. Posters and RAMSAR materials are used extensively for interpretation.

Formal (school and university) learning

The sites are studied by many colleges and universities visiting with their professors. The findings supplied are used by the trust in talks to the public.

Informal (general public) learning

All of the properties have maps and trials with some also having guide books. There are organised walks and talks throughout the year.


The president has oversight of all the centres with the executive committee working on projects. The trust works closely with local schools.


Kathryn Burton, President
PO Box 104, East Lyme, CT 06333 USA
T: 00 1 (860) 739 7791
E: KBURTON759@aol.com1

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