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 is the latestNewsletterfrom the commission and listed below are are a few of the activities we are involved in:

Bus Tour -- "Mills and Beyond"

If you missed last spring's Mill Tour, Killingly Conservation Commission is offering a repeat in its 'Back Roads of Undiscovered Killingly' series.

This Back Roads Tour will focus on the mills along the Whetstone Brook, plus some scenic vistas and a historic farm. Planned for April before the leaves pop out on trees, the stone ruins of old mills are more visible.

Do you know:

  • Why 15 mills were developed along the Whetstone Brook in early 1800's?
  • That Killingly had the most cotton mills in Connecticut in the 1830's?
  • How many mills are still standing?
  • What ruins are visible now?
    • (See the Acme Mill fire rubble)

Join bus tour guides from Killingly Conservation Commission to learn how Killingly developed during the Industrial Revolution and how some mills have been repurposed.

Mills Back Roads Bus Tour is Saturday morning, April 13, at 9 am.

Seating is limited; reservations are required by Wed, April 10, with name, phone and number attending, and find out where to meet. Call (860) 779-5311 or email dguertin@killinglyct.gov.

Killingly Green News

Keeping an Ear to the Earth

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All about Killingly's natural resources, the farms, the gardens and the environment.  Killingly Green News is a collaborative effort of the Killingly Agriculture Commission, The Killingly Community Garden, Mother Nature's Garden of Killingly, and the Killingly Conservation Commission.  

About My Woods

The CT, MA, and RI state forestry agencies were successful in receiving a competitive grant to develop an app for Android, iPhones and tablets calledAbout My Woods. It is now available as a free download for mobile devices

Woodland owners in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as northern New England now have a new tool to help learn about their woods. Foresters, loggers and others who work in the woods will find it useful too. A link to a web version of the announcement and instructions can be foundhere.


OVER THE BRIDGE: a Cat Hollow Park Walktober Event

Join Killingly Conservation Commission to celebrate our NEW BRIDGE and explore more of Cat Hollow Park. Participants will walk along the existing paved road and then down a paved driveway to our new bridge to view the 35 ft. high waterfall. This first section is handicapped accessible, about one mile.

For those wanting to hike, we will cross our new bridge and walk on moderately rough trails to view the old dams and ruins on the south side of the mill pond. The woodland trail hike is another mile.

Learn about mill history, unique plantings from the former owner and view the stunning babbling Whetstone Brook from a different perspective.

Directions: In Killingly's Dayville area from Rt. 12 or Rt. 101, follow #119 LGV signs to 25 Cat Hollow Park off Dog Hill Road. More info: Planning Office 860-779-5311 www.KillinglyConservation.org

"1892 Conservation Property/Sherman Memorial Forest"

On October 15th, 2017, over forty walkers enjoyed the trail and old stone foundation homestead off 175 Breakneck Hill Road. The moderately rough 2/3 mile trail is now well marked with white paint. There are a number of other side trails, but if you follow the white paint markers you will discover a stone foundation with a center chimney base and a well. Here you can ponder who would build a house in the middle of the woods back in the mid 1800's.

The Town of Killingly acquired the 72 acre property back in 1892 (thus its name); the adjoining 90 acres is managed by the Wolf Den Land Trust named Sherman Memorial Forest. Here is the latest brochure where you can find more information on the1892/Sherman properties.

This parcel, along with others in town, is kept undeveloped by legal conservation easement outlining the permitted uses, and is overseen by the Killingly Conservation Commission. Open Space Stewards are our important watchdogs and maintainers; local volunteers who usually live nearby and monitor the property.

The kiosk at the parking area was built by Ethan Miller as an Eagle Scout project, and now shows a map and guidelines for the use of this conservation property.


We have a number of other Killingly properties that need stewards to report to the commission when concerns arise. Give a call or email if you might consider serving in this capacity to help keep our town green for future generations. ContactEric Rumsey,Town Planning staff, or Donna Bronwell, Chair of Conservation Commission. Or you can call the Killingly Planning Office @ 860-779-5310


We currently have a position open for an alternate member of KCC. Our regular meeting is the third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in Room 102 of the town hall. We are quite informal and you'll get to know environmentally friendly folks. Interested citizens are always welcome!

Get outside and enjoy "Undiscovered Killingly"!

2017 Environmental Award

Richard W. Fedor was awarded the Killingly Conservation Commission's Environmental Award for his dedication to conservation and public access to Killingly's open spaces at 1892 Conservation Area/Sherman Land Trust and Chase Reservoir.

For over 15 years he has spent untold hours as volunteer steward walking the properties, removing tree falls, checking for destruction and trash. He is our "eyes and ears on the ground".

A few examples of his dedication:

Richard is a valuable member of our conservation team and is one of the folks who make Killingly a great place to live!

Trails on both properties are for public enjoyment.

Clickherefor the names of the recipients that received this Environmental Award in the past.

Get Outside - Get Healthy -- Enjoy Killingly!

Outside and Walk

Informal walks on Killingly parks and protected conservation lands led by Conservation Commission members.

Protecting the reservoirs in East Killingly

The reservoirs support recreation such as fishing, boating, and bird watching. The brochure and map provide details about the reservoirs and land that are being considered. The photographs provide some idea of the scenic vistas and natural beauty of the reservoirs in our area that should be secured 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.