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Connecticut Land Trust Advancement Initiative: Growing Conservation & Stewardship Capacity by Building Stronger Land Trusts

A CLCC program commenced in October 2014, the Connecticut Land Trust Advancement Initiative is an organizational advancement program for land trusts working together as part of one of Connecticut's Regional Conservation Partnership or otherwise seeking opportunities for regional collaboration.

2022 Initiatives

New London County Advancement Initiative

Building on our work in 2021, CLCC will be working with land trusts in the region to host a series of dialogue sessions with land trust staff and board members on examining our conservation work through an equity lens.

In the second half of this programming, CLCC will host a series of community conversations – linking our land trusts in the region to community-based organizations and municipalities in New London County to one another. These conversations will stimulate discussion around equitable land access, partnerships, and a shared vision for the region.

We are thankful to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut for their ongoing support of these efforts.

Waterbury Region Land Trust Advancement Initiative

With support from the Connecticut Community Foundation, CLCC is coming back to the Northwest corner for another round of dialogue sessions among land trust peers.

This Initiative, similar to those held previously in 2021, will seek to engage a new cohort of  land trusts in introducing an equity lens to our conservation work and brainstorm ways to  work locally and partner with non-conservation organizations for a shared purpose.

2021 Initiatives

Waterbury Region Land Trust Advancement Initiative

With support from the Connecticut Community Foundation, CLCC will be addressing the lack of diversity within the land conservation sector with land trusts in the greater Waterbury/Litchfield Hills region.

This Initiative, similar to those in the Northeast and New London County, will seek to refocus land trusts on their organizational culture and provide opportunities to meet diverse audiences for the shared mission of building healthier and more sustainable communities.

Northeast Connecticut Advancement Initiative

As described above, our work will continue to focus on improving communications and community engagement, working with the land trusts to refocus their organizational culture and develop relationships with diverse audiences. In tandem, layers to the regional mapper developed as part of this Initiative will continue to be refined to address equity.

New London County Advancement Initiative

As described above, our work will continue to focus on improving communications and community engagement, beginning with seeking out and building relationships with community organizations in New London County to gain an understanding of their land use and programming needs, and how land trusts can serve their communities to meet these needs.

In tandem, layers to the regional mapper developed as part of this Initiative will continue to be refined to address equity.