Building Bridges

What do you call a dozen motivated volunteers, from three different land trusts, working together with two consultants, to build a bridge on a new preserve in 90-degree heat?
CLCC’s New London County Land Trust Advancement Initiative!
The New London County Initiative is one of four such programs we’re currently undertaking across the state. 2019 NLC AI Bridge ProjectOur award winning Regional Land Trust Advancement Initiatives focus on building stronger organizational capacity and durable collaboration for land trusts working in the same region
Since launching the Initiative program in 2014 -- with generous underwriting support from NRCS Connecticut, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, the Connecticut Community Foundation, and supporters, like you -- over thirty land trusts and communities in five regions have received technical assistance and worked on collaborative projects focused on topics including communications, community engagement, stewardship, record keeping, regional mapping, strategic planning, shared services, and more.
The best part of the program is bringing land trust leaders -- like those pictured above from Avalonia Land ConservancyColchester Land Trust, and Groton Open Space Association -- together on a regular basis to learn, share, and have some fun.
Our Advancement Initiatives are a reminder that, all around the state, land brings people together for a common purpose; links trails and protects water; is a source of pride; and serves as a connection to nature -- and each other. 
Conserving land enables us to build bridges in more ways than one! ABP with Josie and Harriet
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Amy Blaymore Paterson, Esq.
Executive Director
P.S. Interested in learning more about how our Advancement Initiative program may assist land trusts in your region? Let's talk!