The Canton Land Conservation Trust

The Canton Land Conservation Trust (CLCT) is a non-profit organization created to acquire, preserve and maintain Canton forest land in its natural state for public use. Founded in 1971 the Trust now holds 1,000 acres. The Trust has a membership of 300 families and is managed by a Board of Directors. Ray Smith was President of the CLCT. A committee from the Land Trust will be available to suggest programs at Roaring Brook Nature Center to be funded by the Ray Smith Endowment.

For more information on the Land Trust, a handbook and trail guide, write the President, Elizabeth Stanley, Box 41, Canton Center, CT 06020.

From The Canton Land Trust

by Elizabeth Stanley

On January 18, 1997, Ramon T. Smith, immediate past president of the Canton Land Trust, died. During his tenure as president, Ray led the organization in a most amiable - highly affective - manner. Problems were met calmly, with a smile, and effectively handled. Triumphs were greeted modestly with a smile, and with praise for everyone else. His love of the outdoors and his dedication to the Land Trust's goal of preservation of natural settings for the public enjoyment, were contagious. His leadership was instrumental in making the Canton Land Trust one of the largest and most active trusts in the state.

Shortly before his death, Ray learned that his neighbor and friend, Mary Conklin, had bequeathed her home and property to the Land Trust. This gift gave him great joy because Ray had enjoyed Mary's friendship and with her, their adjoining properties. It is fitting that the Land Trust plans to restore a trail through the property which was originally created by Mary. This will be named the "Ray Smith Trail" and be a lasting reminder of Ray, his love of the land, and his dedication to the Land Trust.

The following, submitted by Charlotte Craig, says volumes about Ray, his approach to life and, if one may be permitted the phrase, his "management style."

"About a year ago, Ray suggested to me that we have a gathering to note the 25th anniversary of land giving to the Land Trust. We agreed to work on this together, setting up the first luncheon meeting for the following week. During that luncheon in Simsbury, we forgot to talk about the reunion and consequently set another date. As everyone knows, Ray was famous for his luncheon gatherings, and this program went on for ten consecutive occasions, some of which were business and others about matters of the larger and smaller worlds.

The anniversary was indeed held in Canton Center according to plan, but by then Ray was too uncomfortable and too ill to join us. But what a break for me to have had those ten memorable lunches."

For more information about the Ray Smith Endowment,
please contact Roaring Brook Nature Center at (860) 693 - 0263

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