I’ve been thinking about where my love of conservation came from.
I grew up playing outside on the south shore of Long Island. I spent lots of time on the beach, enjoyed canoeing with my dogs, and caught blue claw crabs off the dock in my backyard (and always let them go). The play was unstructured, the hours my own—and along the way, I fell in love with the ocean, wildlife, and wide-open spaces.
Those feelings have stuck with me, leading me to where I am today, working with you to conserve the places that so many people cherish.
We can’t take these experiences for granted, and Connecticut’s 130+ land trusts—the 3rd most in the country per state—are working hard to make sure that every child, no matter where they live, can experience the out-of-doors in a fun, creative, and safe manner…close to home.
Yet, now is not the time to rest on our laurels. With land in Connecticut disappearing at an alarming rate and new reports underscoring the importance of land conservation in mitigating climate change, theConnecticut Land Conservation Council is committed to ensuring that your work, as a central part of Connecticut’s land conservation community, thrives for generations to come.
As Connecticut’s only statewide land trust service provider, we recognize that land trusts throughout the state want and need, to increase the pace of land conservation, enhance their stewardship efforts, and connect more people to the land. Land trusts are looking for ways to thrive, rather than survive, so as to bring their communities the conservation and programs they need and deserve.
That’s why your support means so much.
Thanks to you, and so many supporters, over the past year we intensified our programmatic focus on building stronger regional land trust networks, coupled with statewide policy initiatives, to galvanize Connecticut’s land trusts to take action like never before.
We know this isn’t easy. But with so much at stake, it’s great news to know that together we are creating a land trust community that will be there to support local efforts to conserve, care for, and build connections with the lands that make Connecticut special. For our children, and theirs, we can’t afford to do anything less. Thank you.
Amy Blaymore Paterson
“This past year, CLCC really brought all of us from wandering in the desert to coming together as one voice. Others have tried, but you really made it happen. All I can say is…wow. And, thank you.”
Harry White, Conservation Director, Sharon/Salisbury/Cornwall land trusts
Thanks to you, conservation is a community we all share
As a community-supported nonprofit, the Connecticut Land Conservation Council relies on the generosity of people like you; those who love the land, want to make sure that our communities have healthy places to live, work and play, understand the role that land plays in mitigating climate change, and are committed to ensuring that people from all walks of life grow up to cherish these places, like you do.
Thank you to the hundreds of people, foundations, land trusts, and partners who supported the technical assistance, mentorship, policy work, and educational gatherings CLCC hosted in 2019. Together, we are stronger and our journey to conserve land and water for generations to come, has never been more important.
*Includes multi-year grants that will be spent down in 2020-21