Conservation Commission


The Conservation Commission focuses on conservation planning which includes planning for open space. The commission is advisory and does not issue "permits" for development, rather its members make recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Selectmen, and others regarding planned open spaces, greenways, and similar subjects. The Conservation Commission's mission is to preserve the rural character of Ellington by acquisition and protection of open space, farms, forests, lakes, and streams.

Members are appointed to 4-year terms and alternates are appointed to 2-year terms.

HOME ENERGY SOLUTIONS:  Ellington has partnered with Eversource, Energy Efficiencies Solutions, Aiello Home Services, and Fox Heating to bring you Home Energy Solutions (HES) - an Energize Connecticut (SM) program designed to save residents money and reduce energy needs.  

During 2016 over 40 homes in Ellington participated in HES. And, for each home energy assessment conducted partnering contractors donated $25.00 to the Ellington Fuel Bank.  The Ellington Fuel Bank assists low income Ellington residents who are facing a utility shut off or are in need of an emergency delivery of heating fuel.  Residential customers meeting income-eligibility requirements may qualify for assistance. Please call Ellington Human Services at (860) 870-3128 to be screened.

The HES program has been extended through December 31, 2017.  When you participate in HES, a certified and insured contractor visits your home to evaluate energy use and make on-the-spot improvements that will lower your energy bills. During a home visit, the average household receives about $1,000 worth of products and services for just $124 and most customers save about $200 every year from reducing energy consumption.

To learn more or schedule a Home Energy Solutions appointment please call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) or visit Residential customers meeting income-eligibility requirements may qualify for assistance.

    Planning Department Energize CT

Use this link to find regulations, application forms, guides, and other helpful information for the Planning Department and its boards and commissions. Use the "CC" tab to find information specific to the Conservation Commission.

Town Owned Land (PDF)​

Preserved Farms in Ellington (PDF)

Farmland Preservation (PDF)

Open Space (PDF)

Ellington Hockanum Trail Brochures (PDF 1) (PDF 2)

Volunteer Opportunities

Conservation Commission Member

Are you interested in open space and farmland preservation? If so, consider becoming a member of the Ellington Conservation Commission. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Ellington First Selectman's Office at 860-870-3100.

Ellington Hockanum River Trail Subcommittee Member

Are you interested in helping the Ellington Hockanum River Trail Subcommittee maintain existing trails? If so, contact Ann Harford, Subcommittee and Conservation Commission member, at 860-872-0406, or by email; or, contact Lisa M. Houlihan, Town Planner, 860-870-3120.