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The ECFLA & WDLT Mission

The misson of the Eastern Connecticut Forest Landowners Association (ECFLA) & the Wolf Den Land Trust (WDLT) is to:

  • Promote wise management of forest lands
  • Provide information to help members make informed decisions
  • Offer professional forestry assistance to the small forest landowner
  • Make forest ownership more attractive as an investment
  • Improve communications among landowners, foresters, mill owners, timber harvesters
  • Protect open space and professionally manage demonstration forests through the Wolf Den Land Trust.
  • Learn more….
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Benefits of membership include:

  • E-News – Subscribe now for updates on programs, problems in our area, etc.
  • Quarterly newsletters filled with practical, informative articles
  • Educational meetings and programs
  • An annual Forestry Fair
  • Equipment to loan: a planting bar and planting shovel for members planting large quantities of forest seedling stock
  • Support from natural resource professionals to teach our members about land stewardship



What the WDLT does and how we help:

  • We hold title or conservation easements to woodlands in order to protect them as forest lands and to serve as demonstration woodlands.
  • We manage 17 properties totaling more than 882 acres in northeastern Connecticut.
  • Many of our managed properties have a trail system and are open to the public for passive recreation.
  • Check out the list of properties and view maps
  • Contact us today if you are interested in conserving YOUR land!


The Problem Facing Connecticut – Sudden Oak Death

- By Donald H. Smith, Connecticut State Forester Since 1995, large numbers of oaks and tanoaks have been dying in the coastal counties of California. Since then, many Oaks. Photo by S Leavitt other types of plants have been found to be infected or associated ...

ATV or Trail Bike Problems

- by Dennis Hodgin DEP Enforcement handles all All Terrain Vehicle (ATV)/Trail Bike problems in Connecticut – regardless of whether on town or State roads, State Forest, or private land (unless they have & carry written landowner permission). Here is the reporting procedure: Immediately call ...

A Forest Management Plan: A Landowner’s Perspective

- By Dennis Hodgin OVERVIEW I thought I would add my personal comments and detail some my experiences related to the companion Forest Management Plan (FMP). I am not a forest professional, so my intention is to provide information that could help other landowners make ...

Black Tupelo

by David Schroeder Black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), also known as blackgum, sourgum or pepperidge, is one of the least known trees in Connecticut's forests probably because there are not a lot of them and they often grow in seldom visited wet areas. Also, they ...

Bringing Bluebirds Back

- By Bet Zimmerman Until fairly recently, bluebirds were uncommon in Connecticut. From 1900-1970, bluebird populations decreased by an estimated 90%, mainly due to loss of habitat (open space and snags), pesticide use, and competition for nesting sites from non-native starlings and house (English) sparrows. ...


- by David Schroeder Boxelder (Acer negundo), sometimes called ash-leafed maple, is the weed tree of the maple family. Even though boxelder is the most widely distributed maple in the United States, it is seldom recognized as a maple because of its ash-like compound leaf. ...

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