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What is a Land Trust?

Land trusts are nonprofit, community-based organizations dedicated to the permanent protection and stewardship of land for public benefit. They work closely with landowners to conserve land through acquisition, conservation easements or other interests in real property. Land trusts are supported through charitable donations and use funds for a variety of purposes in support of their mission. Once land has been protected, land trusts have an ongoing responsibility to care for the land, ensuring that easements are upheld and preserves well-managed.   

Over 137 conservation organizations serve the communities of Connecticut, representing the third most land trusts of any state in the country. Collectively protecting and managing property with significant natural, cultural and scenic resources, these groups run the spectrum from small, all-volunteer outfits to large organizations with professional staff. They include groups with a local or regional focus as well as those with a statewide vision for natural resource protection.

NEW for 2018 - Updated Land Trust Map

CLCC's updated statewide land trust map, which includes Regional Conservation Partnerships, is now available in draft form.  Click HERE to access and download the file.  Thanks to CLCC Steering Committee member Margot Burns, Environmental Planner, RiverCOG, for her work in creating the map.

Local Land Trusts

To find a land trust in a particular town, click HERE.

In addition to the local trusts featured on the map, Connecticut has many organizations with broader or more targeted service areas.

Regional and Multi-Town Land Trusts

Statewide Land Trusts and other conservation organizations that own land or interests in land for conservation purposes, or help to facilitate land conservation transactions: