Understanding early on that development could not be stopped, Lincoln residents sought to find that middle ground between outright freezing of the land and uncontrolled development. Today three groups carry on this tradition.
– The Lincoln Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) lincolnconservation.org – was established in 1957. A membership supported non-profit, the LLCT was formed in 1957 to preserve the rural character of Lincoln through land management, trail maintenance, and education and outreach. Today, they own more than 500 acres of conservation land and hold conservation restrictions on another 600 acres. In collaboration with the Town of Lincoln, LLCT helps manage more than 80 miles of public trails, holds workshops and classes, and provides maps and apps! OuterSpatial – great if you get lost on the trails, which, trust me, can happen.
– The Rural Land Foundation (RLF) was established in 1965 to focus on land acquisition and real estate development – not in the traditional sense of buying and selling, but in strategic land conservation, management, and development. The RLF owns and manages the Lincoln Mall. They share an office (upstairs above The Tack Room), a website, and many activities with the LLCT.
– The Lincoln Conservation Commission (LLC) (aka Concom) established in 1958, is a seven-member volunteer board appointed by the Town Select Board with the primary objective of protecting the town’s wetlands. The Commission works closely with a fourth entity, the Lincoln Conservation Department (a town department with 4 full time staff) to ensure the long-term protection of the Town’s natural resources and to establish environmental policy in conjunction with the Selects. The LLC performs a number of tasks – often in collaboration with the other groups mentioned above.
Got that? There will be a quiz on Monday..
Robin Wilkerson has walked all 80 miles of the Lincoln trail system – but not on the same day.