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The Colebrook Land Conservancy owns 656 acres and holds voluntary conservation easements limiting development on 570 acres. If you’d like to find out about the many ways you can protect your land and save taxes, contact a Conservancy trustee or email: General information is also available from the Land Trust Alliance at

Old Hay RakePhelps Research Area
The Nature Conservancy recently transferred ownership of the Phelps Research Area to the Colebrook Land Conservancy. This action signifies an important vote of confidence by a national organization in our ability to carry out our mission. The 394-acre tract in North Colebrook is a prime example of unspoiled nature in the northwestern part of Connecticut and provides an excellent refuge for a broad variety of wildlife. About 30 species of animals and more than 20 species of reptiles and amphibians have been reported on or near the preserve. The property was originally conserved by the Blum Family and Frank Egler.

Corliss 100
In 2005 the Conservancy acquired a 100-acre wilderness between Sandy Brook and Beech Hill Road that it called the “Corliss 100” because of its location on the westernmost slope of Corliss Mountain. The Conservancy will keep the land a natural area and preserve its unique ecological features. Protecting the Corliss 100 also helps protect the adjacent Algonquin State Forest, which includes the 600-acre Kitchel Wilderness, a state-designated natural area preserve.

Hale’s Corner
In recent years, the Conservancy also has purchased 42 acres of the former Hale Farm at the junction of Colebrook and Stillman Hill roads (Routes 182 and 183), just south of Colebrook Center. This preservation project included restoration of the historic Hale barn, which dates from 1779. We actively manage the Farm’s hayfields and pasture land.

Summary of Land Protected by the Colebrook Land Conservancy

Acres owned:

Easements: 570 acres