The Tolland Conservation Corps is a volunteer organization that is responsible for operations and maintenance of the properties. Each conservation area is assigned a Property Steward who reports to the Head Steward of the Tolland Conservation Corps. The Head Steward of the Tolland Conservation Corps is Bob Rubino. There are four workdays on Saturday mornings in the spring and four more workdays on Saturday mornings in the fall.
The Willimantic River Alliance was formed in 1996 to celebrate the river and all it has to offer. The mission of the alliance is to protect and preserve the Willimantic River through cooperative and educational activities that promote regional awareness, stewardship, and enjoyment of the river and its watershed.
Since 2000, Conserving Tolland has been crucial in the conservation of hundreds of acres by helping to raise $6 million through referenda that enabled the town to purchase land or development rights. They have also helped garner over $1.5 million worth of State and Federal grants in the process. In 2006, Conserving Tolland was chosen by Joshua’s Trust as their “Group Conservation” award winner. Landowners like the Campbells, the Shafrans, the Kings, the Bahlers, the Schindlers, the Schmidts and the Tobiassons and Palmers are the new names added to people, like the Crandall’s, as individuals who have changed the face of Tolland for the better. They’ve made it possible for future generations to know what it’s like to walk in the woods, see deer or turkey, or look across an open field.
Other websites to visit:
American Farmland Trust
Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Connecticut Farmland Trust
Connecticut Fund for the Environment
Connecticut League of Conservation Voters
CT River Coastal Conservation District
Land Trust Alliance
Last Green Valley
Northern Connecticut Land Trust
Tolland Historical Society
Trust for Public Land