What We Do
We Protect Land
The Newtown Forest Association (NFA) is Newtown, Connecticut’s land trust. A land trust is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 conservation organization that works to protect land and water resources in perpetuity for the benefit of everyone in the community. We are able to do this through cash, land and other donations and, on occasion, by purchasing environmentally-sensitive parcels.
Lands that are preserved as open space are useful in the ecological chain and provide safe, protected spaces for plants and wildlife. Conserved land also aids in the reduction of water pollution, the prevention of flooding and the conservation of water resources by creating buffers from sometimes harmful human activities. The NFA also believes that preserved open space in Newtown helps maintain the unique character of our town, improves property resale values and provides additional resources for hiking, photography and other forms of low-natural-impact recreation.
Although many of the acres owned by the NFA are kept as purely wild spaces for the benefit of the plants and animals that live there, we have implemented active stewardship plans on a number of our preserves that see the most human use or are of the highest conservation value.