Welcome to the home page of the Killingly Conservation Commission web site.

Our mission: "To promote the development, conservation, supervision, and regulation of natural resources, including water resources within the Town of Killingly and provide the methodology for protection and maintenance of these resources."

The Conservation Commission is working hard to protect the natural resources in town and to promote the parks and open space that are open for residents of the region to enjoy. Here are a few of the activities we are involved in:

Trackin' the Quandoc

Join Killingly Conservation Commission leaders on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1pm for a walk on a newly created woodland loop trail at the Quandoc Conservation Area in the South Killingly area of town. You will see stone brook crossing, created wetlands, beech tree grove, stone walls, wildlife habitats, and enjoy the company of conservation folks.

The town owns 225 acres, about 100 is the landfill/transfer station and the western 125 acres is protected open space.  The Killingly Conservation Commission has been developing a 2-mile loop trail with a parking area, now open to the public. 

Meet at the landfill/transfer station parking area 246 Brickhouse Road
From Danielson area, drive east on Rt. 6 for about 3 miles.
Go left on Bailey Hill Road for .8 miles
Turn right on Brickhouse Road for 1.2 miles to walk parking area
(follow Recycling & Transfer Center and Walktober signs)
Phone  860-774-5310 or 860-234-0196

Environmental Awards

Environmental Awards were presented to two individuals who have donated property along the River Trail bordering the Quinebaug River by the Killingly Conservation Commission at the Town Council meeting Jan. 14, 2014.

Bernard O. Bessette and Mitchell D. Phaiah were recognized "in appreciation of land donation to enhance the Quinebaug River Trail in Killingly."

These properties extend town ownership to 1.4 miles of contiguous property along the shoreline of the Quinebaug River.

Since 2002 KCC has given annual recognition to various individuals and groups for conservation activities to recognize an individual, organization, school or business who:

  • contributes to the awareness, care, enhancement or protection of Killingly's open spaces and natural resources

  • was instrumental in creating an environmental program in the schools or community, or

  • participates in other environmental activities that merit recognition.

A map displayed  the River Trail in Killingly, highlighting these donated properties. Combined with the so-called Davis property the town purchased in 1999, about 200 acres are now owned by the town along the Quinebaug River for passive and active recreation.  Completed in 2009, the paved River Trail begins at the intersection of Rt. 6 and 12, extending south for about three miles. The next phase would create a trail further south to the Plainfield town line.

Thanks were extended to Mitchell Phaiah for his support in conservation and general philanthropic efforts.  John Sarantopolos, Town Council member and friend, gave tribute to Mitchell as "a family man who has always looked out for the best interest of his parents, brothers and all family members, and a true friend, not a fair- weather friend; he has always been there for people consistently.  He is a good citizen who has contributed numerous times to Habitat for Humanity and his church in very generous ways. From humble beginnings, one of several brothers of mill-working Syrian immigrants, he is a self educated, hard working and very successful business man who never forgot where he come form or those who he grew up with. He believes deeply in giving back to the community. When approached to sell this property, he decided instead to donate it, realizing the community's need to make the Town-owned properties contiguous along the River Trail.  When all is said and done, and one is measured up as to how they conducted themselves during one's time on earth as an individual, as a family man, neighbor, citizen of our society, I would give Mitchell Phaiah an A." 

Killingly Conservation Chairperson Donna Bronwell applauded Bernie Bessette for his generosity in his land donation.  The parcel was handed down from his mother to three sons.  Since Bernie is the only brother left and had no need for this property, he was pleased to give it for the town's use.  This transfer process took over seven years to complete, and a sign was recently posted at the site "donated by  Adrien, Bernard and Oliver Bessette".  A humble man, his daughter stated that he is very willing and always giving a hand to family and friends. He loves working with wood, made signs and built two outhouses for snowmobile trails in Vermont. Snowmobiling is one activities he still loves.

These donations are a significant contribution to the citizens of the town of Killingly, and further enhance the recreation access along the River Trail. 

Get Outside & Walk

Walk with us every second Sunday of the month, spring through fall
Free - Get Outside - Get Healthy -- Enjoy Killingly!

Informal walks on Killingly parks and protected conservation lands led by Conservation Commission members. Meet at the walk location at 1pm. For more information, see the brochure and schedule and the Walk Killingly web site.

Killingly Grown!

The Conservation Commission is a strong supporter of local agriculture. Click here to read the Agvocate Program's new brocure: "Killingy Grown - A guide to the agricultural products and services in Killingly."

Value of Agriculture and Good Neighbor Brochures from the Agvovate Program

Click on the images to view the brochures.

Protecting the reservoirs in East Killingly

The Killingly Conservation Commission is asking for your support in obtaining a unique resource that provides clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreation in eastern Connecticut. In a wonderful turn of events, a corporation has offered to donate the 561 acres that make up five reservoirs at the headwaters of the Whetstone Brook. This gift to the citizens of Connecticut is valued at more than $1.25 million, but the clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreation are priceless. If this donation is accepted, the reservoirs could support recreation such as fishing, boating, and bird watching. The brochure and map provide details about the reservoirs and land being offered to the State of Connecticut. The photographs provide some idea of the scenic vistas and natural beauty in this area. This opportunity will never occur again, so we are asking for you immediate help in securing this donation for today and future generations.

What can you do to help? The brochure contains the names, addresses, and email addresses of your State Representatives, officials in the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and staff in the Town of Killingly. The corporation has placed a time limit on this opportunity, so we must ask the state for immediate action on this matter. Please express your support as soon as possible.

If you would like to have a personal tour of the reservoirs, please email Linda Walden in the Town of Killingly. Members of the Killingly Conservation Commission and/or staff members of the Town of Killingly would be happy to show you one of the most beautiful areas in eastern Connecticut.

East Killingly Reservoirs Brochure