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CLCC's mission is to elevate and strengthen land conservation in Connecticut.


CLCC's vision is a future where every Connecticut community is supported and sustained by a diverse mix of conserved land, and land conservation is embraced as an essential community value.


CLCC is the only statewide service provider and voice for all Connecticut land trusts. CLCC is a leader in advocacy and policy, education and training, and technical assistance to empower Connecticut’s ~120 land trusts and ensure the long-term viability of land conservation efforts in the state.

Since its formation in 2006, CLCC has grown into one of the most effective land trust service associations in the country, offering a wide range of programming and services – from traditional capacity building, training and education, to new and creative opportunities for land trusts to better connect to one another and their communities for greater conservation, economic, and social impact.

CLCC prides itself on its commitment to building partnerships that advance land conservation, strengthen land trusts, and build healthy and sustainable communities. From implementing land trust programs to advocating for conservation policy and funding, that commitment extends to fostering CLCC’s own relationships with national, state, and regional organizations, as well as government agencies at all levels that work in partnership with local land trusts and their communities.

We believe that the land conservation community must work to address the enduring systemic racism, prejudices, and injustices faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities in all elements of our society– urban, suburban and rural. We embrace and espouse a commitment to understand and take action alongside those we serve to address and promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice.

What We Do

CLCC provides members of the Connecticut land conservation community with critical services built around the following five key roles:

  1. Convener of the land conservation community by providing a venue for land trusts to learn from one another and advance their conservation goals through networking and collaboration.
  2. Provider of timely, practical, and affordable opportunities to improve organizational capacity through training and education and in-depth community-centered conservation programs.
  3. Provider of direct technical assistance and a variety of communication channels to access current and relevant conservation information.
  4. Grantmaker to the land trust community through the Climate Smart Land Stewardship Grant Program, Connecticut Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP) and Transaction Assistance Grant (TAG) Program with a focus on augmenting their capacity to complete work central to their missions.
  5. Advocate for the land conservation community at the Capitol to protect and enhance critical funding programs, address climate change, and provide leadership on policies impacting other critical land conservation issues.


Our Work

By the Numbers

Adding up our conservation efforts

digging in to do the work

Active Land Trusts

Protecting and stewarding the places and resources essential to our communities

land trusts

Land Trust Acres Conserved

Limited natural resources meet an unbridled dedication to keep our air and water clean, fight climate change, and enhance wildlife habitat

Community Investment Act Fund
$ million

Community Investment Act

CIA funds reinvested in conservation efforts, farming, affordable housing, and historic preservation

community garden
$ million

State Funding for OSWA

Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program

Strengthen Land Conservation in Connecticut

There are many challenges in land conservation, but we have never yielded. We’ve always found our strength in the support of people who care for the environment as much we do. We can achieve so much more working with one another than alone.

We're stronger together.