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Resources from An Invitation to Join Writing the Land

11/5/21 – Writing the Land is a collaborative project between land trusts and artists to help raise awareness for the preservation of land, ecosystems, and biodiversity. The program helps poets “adopt” a conserved property, partnering them with a land trust for the calendar year.

Poets visit the properties and create poems inspired by the land. At the end of the year, the poems are published, with a chapter featuring each participating land trust.

Resources from CT Land Trust Risk Management Initiative – Session 5: Practicing Risk Assessment

11/15/21 – The Land Trust Alliance and CLCC are collaborating to bring risk management support to your land trust, through the Connecticut Land Trust Risk Management Initiative.

Session Five – Practicing Risk Assessment: In this last session, participants will be introduced to risk assessment, including how to form an assessment team and the tools and resources available to help your organization assess risk and formulate a plan to address risks. Following the training sessions, participants will have the chance to apply for subsidized one-on-one consultation support to perform an organizational risk assessment.

This workshop was originally presented as part of CLCC’s Fall 2021 Conserving Land by Staying Connected Programming.

Resources from CT Land Trust Risk Management Initiative – Session 4: Stewardship and Programs

11/8/21 – The Land Trust Alliance and CLCC are collaborating to bring risk management support to your land trust, through the Connecticut Land Trust Risk Management Initiative.

Session Four – Stewardship and Programs: During this session, participants will learn about stewardship related risks (including monitoring, baseline documentation, management plans and dealing with possible problems) as well as those related to programming, volunteers, and communications.

This workshop was originally presented as part of CLCC’s Fall 2021 Conserving Land by Staying Connected Programming.

Resources from CT Land Trust Risk Management Initiative – Session 3: Land Transactions

11/1/21 – The Land Trust Alliance and CLCC are collaborating to bring risk management support to your land trust, through the Connecticut Land Trust Risk Management Initiative.

Session Three – Land Transactions: You will leave this session with a better understanding of the risks related to project selection, transactions, recording, and recordkeeping. There will be an emphasis on ensuring sound transactions, including legal review, title work, budgets, environmental review, and more.

This workshop was originally presented as part of CLCC’s Fall 2021 Conserving Land by Staying Connected Programming.

Resources from CT Land Trust Risk Management Initiative – Session 2: Governance and Finance

10/25/21 – The Land Trust Alliance and CLCC are collaborating to bring risk management support to your land trust, through the Connecticut Land Trust Risk Management Initiative.

Session Two – Governance and Finance: The goal of this session is to help participants understand the governance and finance related risks to nonprofit organizations that are committed to protecting land in perpetuity. This includes considerations of your board, employees, and volunteers, as well as your reputation and budgetary needs.

This workshop was originally presented as part of CLCC’s Fall 2021 Conserving Land by Staying Connected Programming.

Resources from CT Land Trust Risk Management Initiative – Session 1: Intro to Risk Management

10/18/21 – The Land Trust Alliance and CLCC are collaborating to bring risk management support to your land trust, through the Connecticut Land Trust Risk Management Initiative.

Session One – Introduction to Risk Management: In this first session, participants will learn what risk is and how you can embrace risk management as a discipline to protect your land trust’s assets. We will also cover the tools that are available to help you assess and balance risk.

This workshop was originally presented as part of CLCC’s Fall 2021 Conserving Land by Staying Connected Programming.

CT Land Trust Risk Management Initiative – Application for 1-on-1 Support

As a part of the Land Trust Alliance and CLCC’s CT Land Trust Risk Management Initiative, organizations that participated in all five training sessions are eligible to apply for one-on-one support.

If you have any questions about your organizations’ eligibility, please contact Rebecca Dahl and Jen Plowden. 

To be considered for one-on-one support to perform an organizational risk assessment with Connie Manes, please fill out the application by clicking on the below.

Applications are due by Tuesday, November 30th at 11:59 PM.

Cost to participate:
Members of Alliance and CLCC: $300
Non-Members: $500

Questions about the application?
Please contact Jen Plowden, New England Program Manager at jplowden@lta.org or (978)595-3871

Resources from CT Land Trust Risk Management – Info Session

9/27/21 – The Land Trust Alliance and CLCC are collaborating to bring risk management support to your land trust, through the Connecticut Land Trust Risk Management Initiative.

This new program is designed to help land trusts ensure the permanency of their work by understanding and identifying risk, and assessing current risk management strategies through a series of online sessions.

What is risk management? A discipline for coping with uncertainty – for land trusts this includes examining areas of potential risk within the organization including governance, financial practices, land transactions, stewardship, and programming.

Ready to sign up for the series? Please register via Zoom here >>

OSWA and UGCG Program Info Session

8/11/21 – This Zoom Info Session covered questions presented to CT DEEP staff regarding the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program (OSWA) and the Urban Green and Community Garden Program (UGCG).

Q&A Session with CT DEEP Commissioner and Staff

8/5/21 – This Zoom Q&A Session covered questions presented to CT DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes and staff. Links from this event cover climate change solutions, recreational challenges and opportunities, and solar. A recording from this session will be made available shortly.

Resources from Land Trust Law School: Tree Law, Encroachments, Etc.

4/21/21 – Attorney Keith Ainsworth leads the discussion on the legal strategies and tools available to land trusts, environmental organizations and landowners seeking to protect, assert and know their rights. This workshop will cover laws and regulations, and will review the broad history of cases that illustrate how Connecticut’s courts have shaped the law. Topics included encroachments, tree law, water and wetlands, liability and risk management, restoration, documentation and participating in the public process. Keith will provide a lightning round presentation on these topics and then open it up to the group for Q&A.

This workshop was originally presented as part of CLCC’s Spring 2021 Conserving Land by Staying Connected Programming.

Resources from Ins and Outs of Restricted Gifts

4/19/21 – Negotiating, documenting, or tracking restricted gifts are often part of our everyday work as land trusts. In this workshop, three accredited land trusts shared information about financial restricted gifts. Presenters delivered a brief overview of definitions, key concepts and applicable sections of Land Trust Standards & Practices (2017) and shared practices and experience from their own land trusts.

This workshop was originally presented as part of CLCC’s Spring 2021 Conserving Land by Staying Connected Programming.