Introducing CLCC's Accredited Land Trust Working Group

Updated September 1, 2019

With the addition of Branford Land Trust, Essex Land Trust, New Canaan Land Trust and Wyndham Land Trust in 2019, Connecticut now boasts 29 accredited land trusts (see list below) –  the highest concentration in the country!

In late 2018, CLCC convened an Accredited Land Trusts Working Group with the purpose of staying connected and current in developments affecting land trust work, Standards & Practices, and accreditation. Facilitated by Amanda Branson (Naromi Land Trust), Connie Manes (Kent Land Trust), and Sharon Feeley (Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust), this peer network and leadership group will meet periodically for discussion and undertake projects -- such as a CT Land Trust S&P Template Library currently underway.

We are here to help! Our Accredited Land Trusts Working Group is comprised of staff and board members from accredited land trusts in Connecticut who are interested in providing support for Connecticut’s land trusts implementing land trust Standards and Practices.

We want to hear from you!  Whether you are interested in accreditation or not, what are your land trust's needs around implementing Standards and Practices? Do you have questions about accreditation generally?  What is the process? Is it worth the effort?  How much does it cost? Do you have specific questions regarding the “Bucket Areas” of Governance, Finance, Land Transactions, and Stewardship?  

Please contact Amy at or Connie Manes at to share your needs and ideas. 

CONNECTICUT Accredited Land Trusts as of September 2019

 Avalonia Land Conservancy · Branford Land Trust · Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust · Colchester Land Trust · Connecticut Farmland Trust · Cornwall Conservation Trust · Essex Land Trust Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust · Granby Land Trust · Greenwich Land Trust · Housatonic Valley Association · Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust · Kent Land Trust · Land Conservancy of Ridgefield · Lyme Land Conservation Trust · Naromi Land Trust · New Canaan Land Trust · Newtown Forest Association · Norfolk Land Trust · Redding Land Trust ·Roxbury Land Trust · Salem Land Trust · Salisbury Association · Sharon Land Trust · Steep Rock Association · Warren Land Trust · Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust · Wyndham Land Trust  · Winchester Land Trust