The Preserve Trail Map

NEW! Iterim Trails have been blazed.  Here is the current map for download.


Saybrook Sightings

Winter 2015/16


What an unusual start to winter we are having. For those interested in birds and especially waterfowl, Old Saybrook, is a premier winter birding site due to its location at both the end of the CT River, and Long Island. Once ponds and lakes freeze up north, birds move south to open water.


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Video taken by Joe Nochera, around Town.

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Welcome to the Old Saybrook Land Trust

Way to help Old Saybrook Land Trust

Old Saybrook, with its wealth of natural resources, is a beautiful place to live and to visit. The estuary of the Connecticut River has been both nationally and internationally recognized for its ecological significance, provides habitat for a number of rare and endangered species and is an important stopover for migrating waterfowl, as well as a critical spawning area for fish. Rich tidal wetlands fringe the town’s southern boundary along Long Island Sound, with two tidal river systems providing additional significant habitat. No less important are the forested uplands of the town, a complex of rocky outcrops interspersed with rich inland wetland habitat.

The Old Saybrook Land Trust is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, 100% volunteer-run organization. Our mission is to preserve open space and protect the town's valuable natural resources for the benefit of the general public.

OSLT Upcoming Events

ANNUAL MEETING - March 31, 2019 - 3:00pm at Acton Library

Renowned local naturalist Patrick Lynch will be the featured speaker at this year’s Old Saybrook Land Trust annual meeting. “Climate Change,
Sea Level Rise, and the Evolving Nature of the Connecticut Coastline” will be the topic of Mr. Lynch’s talk on Sunday, March 31, 3 pm, at
Acton Public Library.

The slideshow/talk presentation will look at the natural, geological, and environmental history of Connecticut's coastline. The region has seen dramatic ecological shifts in the past 25,000 years, and with global climate change, the pace of transformation is accelerating. The next century will bring profound changes to our region and its beloved wild environments. The talk will include material from Lynch’s 2017 book, A Field Guide to Long Island Sound, and his just-released book, A Field Guide to Cape Cod, both published by Yale University Press. Copies of each will be on hand for purchase and signing by the author.

Patrick Lynch is an author, illustrator, photographer, and artist. He worked at Yale University for 45 years and has won over 35 national and international awards for his medical illustration, publications, and software design, including a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award.

The event is free, and light refreshments will be served. OSLT’s regular monthly meeting will follow the presentation, and all are welcome to attend.

Survey to find how you would like to see The Preserve used:

Take a survey to give your opinion about what activities should be allowed at The Preserve. Takes less than 5 minutes. Your anonymous responses will be used in The Preserve's forest management plan. The final plan is due later this year. It will recommend a final trail system and a list of allowable uses among other things.  LINK

Suellen Kozey McCuin Fund

Suellens Birthday

 At the request of Suellen Kozey McCuin's husband, Scott McCuin, the OSLT established a fund in her name to use for future conservation projects. Donations may be made online using the button at the bottom of this page. Pictured at left are members of Suellen's family and some of her close friends. The group hiked together in The Preserve to honor Suellen's life on what would have been her 50th birthday. Suellen passed away after a brief illness on August 21, 2015. She was a loving wife, mother and key force in the effort to preserve the 1,000 acre forest for more than 16 years, never wavering in her belief that this land would some day be permanently protected.