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Connecticut Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP)

This information will be updated regularly. Updated as of January 31, 2022.

The Connecticut Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP) is a public-private partnership between the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) with technical assistance from Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) and Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy (NCLC). The overarching goal of CCPP is to increase the pace, quality, scale, and permanency of land conservation across Connecticut.

Administered by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, CCPP will establish a coordinated process by which land trust applicants to DEEP’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program (OSWA) may apply for a federal grant as a source of match funds.

Through its Regional Conservation Partnership Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) has funded CCPP with $6.7 million. This partnership program is critical to ensuring land trusts across the state have the additional resources to pursue conservation projects that protect the state’s core forests and watershed lands, agricultural lands, promote natural climate-smart solutions, and enhance the well-being of our communities.

Have Questions?

Contact Yaw Owusu Darko, Project Specialist-CCPP Administrator at yodarko@ctconservation.org

CCPP Components:

  • Technical assistance from CLCC, CFT, and NCLC for land trust applying to CCPP
  • Financial assistance for certain land trust project due diligence and transaction costs
  • Match funds for OSWA projects

CCPP Outcomes:

  • Protect freshwater and inland wetlands
  • Avoid forest conversion
  • Increase sequestration and storage of greenhouse gases
  • Protect agricultural lands
  • Protect wildlife habitat
  • Provide access to land for passive recreation

How CCPP Works:

CCPP enables land trusts submitting a grant application to DEEP for OSWA funding to purchase title or easements on a property to apply through CLCC for federal match funds to support the project.

CCPP Eligible Conservation Easements:

The federal program is an easement program. If the land trust is seeking to purchase the property using OSWA funds, it may not hold the federal easement. The easement may be held by the federal government (NRCS) or by a qualified conservation entity, such as another land trust. If the land trust is seeking to purchase an easement while the fee-simple ownership remains with the landowner, the land trust may hold the federal easement. (See RCPP Easement Types for a detailed comparison of U.S.-Held and “Entity-Held” Easements.)

Next Steps:

  • Develop a consolidated NRCS AND DEEP Entity-Held easement agreement
  • Schedule information sessions for land trusts (Target Date: April 1, 2022)