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Succession Planning for Farmington River Valley Land Trusts

October 25, 2023   |   9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Registration is free, and we welcome multiple staff/board members from the same land trust to attend.

As part of our ongoing commitment to support and strengthen the land trust community in Connecticut, CLCC is partnering with the Land Trust Alliance and Farmington River Watershed Association to bring a succession planning workshop to land trusts in the Farmington River Valley.

Who can register?

This program is for board and staff from of: Avon, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Simsbury, Traprock Ridge, and Winchester land trusts. We hope to bring a similar program to other regions in the future – if this is of interest, please reach out to Jen Plowden (LTA) or Aaron Lefland (CLCC)

Why attend?

Succession planning is a common challenge faced by many land trusts in our state. With limited resources and a deep commitment to long-term land conservation, ensuring a smooth transition of leadership, responsibilities, knowledge, and processes is crucial.

This workshop will be taught by Connie Manes, who works as a consultant with the Land Trust Alliance providing education and capacity building services, in addition to her boots-on-the-ground role as an executive director of a small community land trust.

Through this workshop, we will:

  • Highlight the Importance of Succession Planning: Understand why it’s essential for the continuity and success of your land trust.
  • Share Best Practices: Learn from experts and peers about effective strategies and tools for succession planning.
  • Interactive Programming: Engage in hands-on activities to start crafting a succession plan tailored to your trust’s unique needs.
  • Network: Connect with your neighboring land trusts, share experiences, and build a supportive community.

When and Where?

The workshop will be held on October 25 from 9 AM – 1 PM at the Simsbury Free Library (749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070).

We will also host a virtual meeting in advance of the in-person session to introduce succession planning. Please plan to join the session live on October 18 from noon to 1:15pm or view the recording in advance of the in-person session. A link to the virtual meeting will be provided in your registration confirmation email. The session will discuss why we do succession planning, what it means, and what some of the goals are, in addition to how succession planning relates to capacity and sustainable approaches to building capacity. Click HERE to view the slides in advance of the program.

We hope you can join us! Please let us know by September 15th by clicking this link to register. Please reach out to Jen Plowden (jplowden@lta.org) with any questions.


Simsbury Free Library
749 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070 United States
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