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I love to-do lists. Yes, I know; they aren’t for everyone. But I swear by them.

To give you a preview of some of what lies ahead for CLCC in 2022, here’s a digested version of our to-do list:

  • 2022 Conservation Priorities – the next legislative session kicks off on February 9. We’ve been meeting with legislators and the administration to discuss CLCC’s 2022 priorities focused on ramping up land conservation funding, enhancing the open space grant program, and developing policies around climate change and forest protection. Your partnership as active and vocal advocates will be key to our success.
  • CT Conservation Partnership Program – since the award was announced last April, we’ve been working with NRCS to launch the new federal grant program in partnership with DEEP to provide financial assistance to land trusts. Our informational webpage is just about ready to share. Your land acquisition projects will fuel the success of this program.
  • 2022 CT Land Conservation Conference – as we enter year three of this enduring pandemic, our team is planning creatively for a hybrid program – combining on-line workshops with an outdoor plenary session. Your ideas and requests will drive the curriculum.
  • Inclusive Conservation, Partnerships, and Mergers – guided by an outstanding team of consultants, CLCC’s staff is immersed in regional programming focused on bringing land trusts and other community groups together. Your desire to explore new and creative opportunities is the best part of these programs.
  • New Strategic Plan – with two new members joining our all-star board of directors and plans to add new staff, we are primed to dig deep into strategic planning for the next several years. Your input will be invaluable to turning a strong vision for statewide land conservation into reality. 

It’s a lot – it’s important – and it energizes me to no end.

Our to-do list is yours too. Let’s make good things happen together in 2022.

Amy Blaymore Paterson
Executive Director
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P.S. Your feedback is very important to our work. Please email me at abpaterson@ctconservation.org or give me a call at 860-614-8537 if you have ideas on how CLCC can expand our impact and support for your land trust and community.