Open Space Commission
The Town of Old Lyme owns six sizable open space properties totaling 936 acres that are accessible for hiking and public access. It also owns smaller properties, such as the Ferry Landing Wildlife Refuge, some of which serve as natural wildlife areas. The town also holds over many conservation easements
If you are a resident of Old Lyme, we’d love to talk to you about how you can play an active and important role in managing some of the town’s beautiful land for passive recreation and to protect its natural resources and wildlife.
We’re looking for people who are:
- Motivated, enthusiastic and organized,
- Enjoy hiking and being outdoors,
- Bonus: a background in stewardship, land use, law, forestry, science, or communications
Browse this website to learn more about what the Commission does. Let us know if you’re interested in talking about opportunities to serve via the “contact us” link on this page’s right column.
Open Space Overview
Old Lyme is located in a truly special environment, along in the lower Connecticut River Valley where tide lands meet Long Island Sound beaches, with scenic smaller rivers and verdant hillsides.
As far back as 1965, the town recognized that "considerable areas of land should become public open space." The Open Space Commission today works to achieve that preservation goal.
- Identifying land appropriate for open space acquisition
- Managing acquired open space lands for:
- Passive recreational use by the public, and
- To protect and preserve such lands' natural resources and wildlife.
- Advising land use boards and commissions on applications that require the setting aside of open space as part of the approval process.
The Town of Old Lyme owns six sizable open space properties totaling 936 acres that are accessible for hiking and public access. It also owns smaller properties, such as Eklund Pond, which are maintained as natural wildlife areas. The town further holds over 40 conservation easements.
The Open Space Commission employs Land Stewards (PDF) to assist in managing town owned open space. Peter J. Norris works part-time to keep the trails "hiker friendly" and to protect natural resources. In addition, Wayne Abrahamson and Jim Mildrum serve as stewards on the McCulloch Family Open Space. If you notice an issue on open space land, please notify by sending an email to Mr. Norris.