Partnerships

 The Conservation Commission works with other government agencies and non-governmental organizations to enhance and protect the town's open space resources. Some of our activities include:

  • Land Conservancy of Ridgefield. One of the oldest land trusts in Connecticut, the not-for-profit Land Conservancy of Ridgefield was founded in 1967 with support from the Ridgefield Conservation Commission to preserve Ridgefield's open space. The Land Conservancy holds over 710 acres of property in either outright gifts or in conservation easements. The Conservation Commission and Land Conservancy work together collaborating on conservation efforts in Ridgefield. Tax advantages/benefits related to donating property are the same for land given to either the Land Conservancy or the Conservation Commission.
  • Reviewing land use applications for projects that lie adjacent to town open spaces or that concern wetlands, water resources, and natural resources; conducting site inspections; and attending meetings of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board to provide advisory comments.
  • Working in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department in the sound management of the town's multipurpose properties.
  • Partnering with the state to maintain trails at Seth Low Pierrepont State Park, and with The Friends of Bennett's Pond, which is the designated steward of Bennett's Pond State Park in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
  • Coordinating activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes such as:
    • Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership - click here to view the FCRCP. 
    • Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) - click here to view NRVT.
    • Ives Trail - click here to view the Ives Trail.