About Us


Our Mission is to promote the preservation, improvement, study, protection and conservation of natural resources including natural, scenic and historical sites, primarily in West Hartford, for the benefit of the community.

The three main goals of the land trust are to protect¬†undeveloped space, advocate for green spaces with state officials, enhance the Land Trust’s community value through preserving habitats, natural resources, and encouraging the education and enjoyment of nature.

Board of Directors

David Sagers, President

Elizabeth Tavelli, Secretary


Liz joined the board of the Land Trust in 2017. She is an attorney with a solopractice in town. She’s been a resident of West Hartford since 2006 and lives now with her husband Dan and their two sons, Rory and Finn. They love living in a dense suburban community in close proximity to nature and can often be found enjoying West Hartford’s parks, playgrounds and open spaces!


Kayse Kress, Treasurer

John Davison

Gabriel Parker

Diane Mack

Diane joined the Board of the West Hartford Land Trust in 2017, motivated by a love of nature and concern for the environment. She is a retired attorney who worked in the insurance industry. She has served as a volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations, assisting in their formation and serving as a board member. She lives in West Hartford with her wife, Robin, and their dog, Dixie. She enjoys walking in Elizabeth Park and the beautiful neighborhoods of West Hartford. Diane hopes that the Land Trust can help promote the protection and enjoyment of open space in Town for the benefit of people, native plants, wildlife and the planet.

Nick Barnett

New to the Land Trust, Nick joined in 2018. His interest in nature and conservation began at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, CT. As a child he took summer classes, and volunteered caring for the animals, eventually working on the weekends and finally teaching summer camps in 2010. While attending Central Connecticut State University,¬† he worked part-time at Roaring Brook and, in 2012, was hired for an animal caretaker position at the Wildlife Sanctuary at The Children’s Museum. After graduating CCSU with a degree in Biology (BS 2014), Nick became Animal Curator.