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Making a difference in Connecticut’s land conservation community since 1980

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 formed CLCC, to provide 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 composed 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. At this time, CLCC 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. CLCC started off 2018 as a fully independent organization, led by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council. CLCC continues to flourish as Connecticut's only statewide land trust service center and as an advocate for Connecticut’s land conservation community.