Annual Conference

Conference 2016 Photo Credit Gordon Paterson

Held every Spring, the Connecticut Land Conservation Conference (Annual Conference) is the largest conservation gathering and only land trust convocation of its kind in Connecticut. Attracting over 400 attendees annually - and growing in size each year - the Annual Conference provides dynamic training, networking and information sharing opportunities for board members, staff and volunteers from Connecticut's many land trusts and conservation organizations, as well as a broad spectrum of people involved with municipal land use commissions, state agencies, private groups with conservation missions including enthusiasts from garden clubs and various grassroots-level land preservation advocates.

The Annual Conference features an inspiring opening plenary session, including an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding achievements in conservation by organizations and individuals; multiple subject matter tracks featuring 30+ workshops, roundtables and seminars on a range of topics of interest to the conservation community; exhibits and displays from land trusts, conservation partners and conference sponsors; and a unique opportunity for socializing and networking, including a post-conference reception, with land conservation peers from across the state and beyond.

If you are interested in getting involved with the planning of CLCC's Annual Conference please contact Amy at  We welcome your suggestions, comments and participation.

2020 Connecticut Land Conservation (Virtual) Conference Webpage HERE.

Read the 2019 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference recap HERE.


CLCC Excellence in Conservation Awards

We are proud to celebrate and feature our winners for our annual Awards for Excellence in Land Conservation. In making these awards, CLCC seeks to recognize organizations and individuals who have made a substantive contribution to the ongoing success of land conservation in our state and projects that may serve as a guide to or be replicable by other land trusts and conservation organizations in Connecticut.

Excellence in Conservation Organization Award

The Excellence in Conservation Organization Award is presented to organizations completing projects in the previous year that demonstrate excellence in any aspect of land conservation work and move land conservation forward in a creative and substantive way.

Katchen Coley Award for Excellence in Land Conservation

The Katchen Coley award for Excellence in Land Conservation is named in honor and memory of Katchen Coley (1924-2013), a longtime CLCC Steering Committee member and activist for many environmental and social causes at the local, state and federal levels. The award recognizes a person that embodies all that Katchen meant to land conservation:  An individual fiercely devoted to land conservation, whose long-term commitment to conservation causes has furthered the work of one or more conservation organizations and serves as an inspiration to others to continue to “fight the good fight” with passion and tenacity in support of conservation and the environment.

View past honorees of the CLCC Excellence in Conservation Awards HERE.