Who We Are
The Connecticut Land Conservation Council works with land trusts, other conservation and advocacy organizations, government entities, landowners and other interested individuals to increase the pace, quality and scale of land conservation in Connecticut while assuring the perpetual, high quality stewardship of conserved lands in the state. As Connecticut's umbrella organization for the land conservation community, CLCC focuses on building land trust capacity and sustainability, leading a unified land conservation voice for public policies that support land conservation and engaging broad constituencies to foster a deep understanding of the benefits and need for land conservation.
CLCC was organized in 2006 by the merger of two existing and well-known programs: the Land Trust Service Bureau (LTSB), which was organized in 1980 to provide technical support to land trusts, and the Land Conservation Coalition for Connecticut (LCCC), which was organized in 1987 to serve as the advocacy arm of the land conservation movement. The consolidation of these two organizations into CLCC provided the conservation community with an effective statewide land trust service organization that works to realize the core missions of both programs in a single, unified and more effective approach.
CLCC currently operates as an unincorporated association overseen by a 19 person Steering Committee comprised of representatives from a variety of conservation organizations from throughout the state. In 2010, the Steering committee entered into a fiscal sponsorship agreement with the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, the state's first nonprofit conservation organization, established in 1895. CFPA serves to protect forests, parks, open spaces, and walking trails for future generations through connecting people to the land. CFPA maintains the 825-mile Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail system and is also creating healthier communities through its Environmental Education and WalkCT programs. CFPA routinely hosts meetings of conservation-oriented non-profit organizations at its headquarters located at 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT 06481.
In May 2010, CLCC hired its first Executive Director to carry out its current activities and services and to implement strategies for becoming a more effective land trust service organization for the state's conservation community.
What We Do
CLCC provides members of the Connecticut land conservation community with critical services built around the following five key roles:
- Convener of the land conservation community by providing a venue for land trusts to learn from one another and advance their conservation goals through collaboration.
- Provider of timely, practical and affordable opportunities to improve organizational capacity through training and education.
- Provider of direct technical assistance and information on current and relevant conservation information.
- Grantmaker to the land trust community through the Land Trust Challenge Fund Program with a focus on augmenting their capacity to complete work central to their missions.
- Advocate for the land conservation community for funding and other critical land conservation issues.
CLCC is a coalition organization and welcomes your input and participation in our work to advance land conservation across the state. We offer many opportunities to get involved - ranging from serving on the Steering Committee or on one of our subcommittees, to helping to plan the Annual Conference or other events, to taking action in support of conservation policies and funding initiatives.