A March 16, 1978 letter on town of Old Saybrook stationary, from the then first selectwoman, Barbara Maynard, to an inquiry made by Miss Pat Scanlon states that "I understand that [the land trust] is in limbo at the moment because there is not active leadership. Steve Calhoun, who was the President, moved; Kathy Marchant was Secretary and Jim Barnes was Vice President. Mrs. Ivy Nordlund, as treasurer, has been handling any mail that comes in and has paid insurance. It appears there is just enough interest from their saving account to pay insurance but they have not had a meeting since 1973 [a five year hiatus since this letter was written, in 1978].
Similar to the creation of the 1997 Old Saybrook Land Trust, the town of Old Saybrook Conservation Commission took a reactivating role for the Land Trust by sponsoring a meeting hosted by then Commission members Elsie Bakewell and Bob London. Paul Jacobsen, Mary Lou Rosner and Bob London volunteered to act as a temporary board of directors to facilitate the "process of incorporating."
A January 1988 newspaper clipping refers to the reactivated, 46-member Old Saybrook Land Trust, a "private, non-profit group." The Trust's secretary, Kathy Honer, "said the original trust had not formerly disbanded but became inactive because of lack of interest." This article states: "Board members include Bob London, president; Kathy Van Utt, vice president; Elsie Ives-Bakewell, treasurer; and John Bradin, Paul Jacobsen, Roger Goodnow, Ivy Nordlund, Audrey Goodhue, Mildred Ploszay, David Hurdis, Joann North and Kim Meadows, directors." Further notes from the files refer to "short-term projects" of this Land Trust to approve (by membership votes) by-laws and tax-exemption status.
A Connecticut Secretary of State, Corporate Record statement in the files ("This data is for information purposes only. Certification can only be obtained through the office of the Connecticut Secretary of State"), lists the "Old Saybrook Land Trust, Inc. as a "domestic, non-stock corporation" with the status "dissolved". This is the only "official" reference in the files to the former Land Trust's incorporation. This information states the "date of incorporation/qualification" as 09/26/1985, suggesting this is the file for the second Land Trust, not the original group formed in 1969. This information also acknowledges the change in name from the Saybrook Land Conservancy to the Old Saybrook Land Trust. The Registered agent on this record is Robert H. London, with the registered office as his (former) residence at 49 Woodland Drive in Old Saybrook.
Projects of the second Old Saybrook Land Trust include trails work and bridge repair with the Boy Scouts at the Town Park, and reference to "land acquisition surrounding the park (Lyons and Gleason property)." This Land Trust also remained interested in the town's coastal areas, recording priorities that include "map of coastal areas" and the suggestion that the Land Trust "attempt to get as much marshland as possible donated." A Land Trust informational brochure refers to a number of goals, including the offer of "help arranging legal guarantees of scenic preservation, through easements or other measures", willingness to "acquire and manage, through gift or purchase, such valuable resources as field, forest and marsh", and involvement with Old Saybrook youth that included sponsorship of a student to the Thames Science Center Environmental Day Camp and an established "liaison with the Old Saybrook Junior High School students working in ecology."
The history section of the Connecticut Secretary of State, Corporate Record statement in the files suggests that the incorporation for the "second" Land Trust was filed 09/26/1985; the organization filed: 10/29/1985; the Notice of Dissolution as 05/29/1987; and was Dissolved by Forfeiture on 09/04/1987.
It was just about ten years later that the present day Old Saybrook Land Trust received notice from the Connecticut Secretary of State of its non-profit incorporation status: August, 1997. This incorporation forms the basis of the current Old Saybrook Land Trust, which celebrates its tenth year of incorporation in 2007.