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:

Search for Notable Trees in Killingly

As part of the upcoming 2008 tricentennial celebration, the Killingly Conservation Commission is gathering information about very old, tall, rare, or historic trees in our community. We'd like to hear from every village in town. Tell us the type of tree, approximate circumference at chest height, and location.

No location information will be made public without the consent of the property owner.

If you have a tree that deserves to be recognized, contact killinglytrees@gmail.com, or call 860 779 5310, or write to Trees, c/o PO Box 47, East Killingly, CT 06243.

Killingly Conservation Commission and Cat Hollow 

The Killingly Conservation Commission is working with town officials and residents to develop a plan for developing and managingCat Hollow, a town park along the Whetstone Brook. In the spring of 2006, students in the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Connecticut visited the site and developed site plans as part of a design class. The conservation commission is continuing to work with faculty and students at UConn to develop a plan for the property that will highlight the features of the site and acknowledge the industrial heritage of our region. Click on the following link to see a schematic of the plan that will be presented to the Town Council on April 10, 2007 by the students from UConn. Feel free to come to the council meeting and voice your support for the park.

Cat Hollow Plan

New Incentives for Landowners to Donate Conservation Easements  

In August 2006, President Bush signed into law a bill expanding the tax incentives for land owners donating conservation easements. The new law makes the following significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code, Section 170(b)(1):

  • Raises the deduction (to the Adjusted Gross Income) a landowner can take for donating an easement from 30% of the AGI to 50% of the AGI.

  • Allows qualifying farmers and ranchers donating easements to deduct up to 100% of their AGI.

  • Extends the carry-forward period for a donor to take the deduction for an easement donation from 5 years to 15 years.

The organization receiving the donation must be approved by the IRS. Most land trusts that belong to the Land Trust Alliance have such approval. Also, expenses incurred by the donor such as appraisals, surveying, legal costs, tax advice, recording fees and the like are also deductible on Schedule A, the Miscellaneous Deductions section (which has a 2% AGI deductible). The IRS requires an appraisal to determine the fair market value of the donation. The receiving organization may require a survey.

This new law has a sunset clause. The donation must be made before December 31, 2007. More information is available from the Land Trust Allianceor your financial advisor.

Green Building Design for the new High School. Killingly is in the process of designing a new High School. The Conservation Commission is promoting the use of Green Building methods in the design process. We expect the school to serve the town for many decades, and during that time we expect the cost of fuel to rise significantly. Green Building methods are designed to conserve fuel and to provide a more attractive environment for students to learn in. We invited Laurel Kohl of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at ECSU (and a Killingly resident) to present information on high-performance schools to the Permanent Building Commission. You can read a PDF version of her Powerpoint Presentationhere.

Geocaching. Geocaching is a great way to get out and enjoy the natural resouces in town. Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. There are several geocache sites in Killingly. The best place to start is theofficial geocache web site.

Woodcock habitat. In the Fall of 2005 the Killingly Conservation Commission in conjunction with the Wyndham Land Trust received a federal grant to restore an area of Woodcock habitat at Chase Reservoir. The population of Woodcock in Connecticut has been in decline for many years because of a loss of habitat due to development and forest succession. Woodcocks need open fields for their courtship display, damp woods in which they can dig for earthworms, and young hardwood forests for nesting. The grant will enable the Commission to clear small trees and brush from some former farm fields and maintain the open habitat for the Woodcock's spectacular courtship flights that take place at the beginning of March.