Conservation Commission Helpful Links

Society of Soil Scientists of Southern New England Official Registry


Swendsen Farm Bid Lease Documents


Plan of Conservation and Development (draft copy 2022)


Bethlehem Land Trust 

“To permanently protect and preserve local farmland, fields, forests, and wetlands through acquisition or easement; to conserve the natural, scenic, and historic resources of these properties and educate the public about them; and, where feasible, to provide access for their enjoyment by the community at large.”


CT Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions (CACIWC)

“To promote the statutory responsibilities of CT Conservation Commissions and Inland Wetland Commissions and to foster environmental quality through education and through the conservation and protection of wetlands and other natural resources.”


Deptartment of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Bear sightings can be reported on the DEEP site, which helps them keep track of wildlife activity in the state.  You can also report ‘nuisance' incidents involving wildlife.


Flanders Nature Center

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust promotes the understanding and appreciation of nature and supports the conservation, preservation and management of natural resources.


Garlic & Harvest Festival

The Garlic & Harvest Festival is a two day celebration of garlic and local harvest.  There is garlic in every possible form to sample and buy, in addition to other food, live music and everything a fair has to offer.  It takes place over the Columbus Day weekend each year.


Housatonic Valley Association

“The Housatonic Valley Association works to conserve the natural character and environmental health of our communities by protecting and restoring the lands and waters of the Housatonic Watershed for this and future generations.”


Litchfield Pollinator Pathway Project


Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA)

MIRA works for the municipalities and residents of CT in developing and implementing environmentally sound solutions and best practices for solid waste disposal and recycling management.


Northwest Conservation District

“NCD works to conserve local natural resources by delivering a wide variety of technical services and educational programs.  We focus on watershed and open space protection, low impact development techniques, sustainable resource and energy use and promote ecosystem planning.  We offer a variety of GIS based mapping solutions to assist you in your project planning and decision making.


Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition

“The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition uses science to understand how our human activity impacts the quality and quantity of water both in our rivers and in the underground aquifers.  We share that understanding with our communities, and find tangible ways to take care of our most valuable resource – water.”


Sam and Dot Swendsen Community Garden 

“Envisioned by a core group of Bethlehem residents and supported by the generosity of local patrons, the Sam & Dot Swendsen Community Garden was founded in 2009 to help people of all walks of life experience a special connection to the earth and their community.”


Sustainable CT