Who We Are
The Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) serves Connecticut’s land trusts by representing their interests to state government, connecting them to training and guidance resources on both statewide and local levels, and providing direct assistance to help them achieve their conservation goals and ensure their long-term viability. Since its formation in 2006, CLCC has grown into one of the most effective statewide land trust service centers in the country, and its annual conference is now drawing close to 500 participants.
As the state’s land trust service center, CLCC serves the land conservation community as its voice and face in state government, as its facilitator and guide, as its convener to help solve problems and share knowledge and experience, as a service provider of technical assistance, and as a leader to ensure that conservation interests are permanently protected.
What distinguishes land trusts from other non-profits is the fact that they are created for the purpose of upholding their mission in perpetuity. CLCC makes sure that happens.
CLCC advocates for land conservation, stewardship and funding, and works to ensure the long-term strength and viability of the land conservation community in Connecticut.
CLCC was created in 2006 by the merger of two existing and well-known programs: the Land Trust Service Bureau, which was organized in 1980 to provide technical support to land trusts, and the Land Conservation Coalition for Connecticut, 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 unified and more effective approach.
From 2006 - 2017, CLCC operated as an unincorporated association overseen by a 19-person Steering Committee comprised of representatives from conservation organizations throughout the state. In 2010, the Steering Committee entered into a fiscal sponsorship agreement with the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, and also 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.
In October 2017, CLCC received its official 501c3 nonprofit determination letter from the IRS, starting off 2018 as a fully independent organization, lead by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council. Read more >>
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 Advisory Council, to helping to plan the Annual Conference or other events, to taking action in support of conservation policies and funding initiatives. For more information, contact Executive Director Amy Blaymore Paterson at email@example.com.