2021 Conference

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Voices from the Field: What is a Land Trust Now?

Thank you for making this year's Annual Conference a success!

We are incredibly grateful for your support of yet another interesting year of a virtual conference. From our generous sponsors to those who registered – we couldn't have pulled this off without you!

Let us know what you thought about this year's event. And it's not too early to look toward next year! If you have any ideas or comments about the 2022 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference, feel free to contact Cristina Hayden at chayden@ctconservation.org.

Recordings from this year's roundtables are available here »

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People need nature, now more than ever. The pandemic has underscored this fact. Communities across Connecticut and across the country are making land conservation a priority. Land trusts are essential to this effort.

Connecticut’s land trusts run the spectrum from small, all-volunteer community-based nonprofits to large organizations with professional staff. Decades ago, when the majority of the state’s land trusts were organized, their mission was clear: Protect and steward property with significant natural, cultural, and scenic resources for public benefit.

Today, as many land trust boards contemplate succession plans and organizational sustainability, they do so against a backdrop of climate change, racial injustice, and a global call to action to conserve the earth’s natural resources before it’s too late. With these and other issues around land and water continuing to evolve, so too must Connecticut’s land trusts — which is exciting and also challenging.

The 2021 Annual Conference featured a series of interactive conversations designed for land trusts of all sizes, offering you insights and strategies on how land trusts are maneuvering through a changing world and reflecting on what it means to be a land trust now.

Thank you for joining us!

June 8, 10, 15, & 17
Noon – 1:30pm

We hope you enjoyed this year's roundtables. Find details about this year's workshops below.

Click on each title for details about the workshops.

June 8 – Connecticut Roundtable

June 10 – Climate Roundtable

June 15 – NextGen Roundtable

June 17 – Roundtable Across State Borders

If you have any questions, contact Cristina Hayden at chayden@ctconservation.org

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“Absolutely amazing! So many great ideas emerge not only from the workshops but also in talking with other partners from my region who are equally as energized and inspired by the day.”

- Mary Ellen Lemay, Aspetuck Land Trust

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