CLCC worked with the Land Trust Alliance and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (River COG) to provide 15 land trusts within the Lower CT River and Coastal Region Land Trust Exchange (LTE) (a regional conservation partnership coordinated by RiverCOG Environmental Planner Margot Burns) with technical assistance to collaborate on 3 projects focused on communications & community engagement, long-term stewardship, and a feasibility study on shared services.
Project consultants were: Judy Anderson, Community Consultants, and Tom Curren (Communications); Shane Hetzler, Back Forty Forestry, LLC, and Becca Washburn, the Land Trust Alliance (Stewardship); and Henrietta Jordan, Trailmarker Consultants (Shared Services Study). This was the first project of its kind in the country funded by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service for the purpose of building land trust capacity. Participating land trusts: Avalonia Land Conservancy, Chester Land Trust, Clinton Land Conservation Trust, Colchester Land Trust, Deep River Land Trust, East Haddam Land Trust, Essex Land Trust, Haddam Land Trust, Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Old Lyme Land Trust, Lower Connecticut River Land Trust, Middlesex Land Trust, Old Saybrook Land Trust, Salem Land Trust, Westbrook Land Trust. (All but Avalonia Land Conservancy and Colchester Land Trust are members of the LTE.)