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Resources from the Summit on Housing and Conservation

2/1/23 – While land conservation and affordable housing are often pitted against one another as an “either/or” proposition, the reality is that Connecticut communities need both. Along with our program partners at Land Trust Alliance and the Trust for Public Land, this summit consisted of a full-day exploration of how housing and conservation groups can work together to achieve greater good. Discussions covered successful examples of collaboration, and how such efforts can lead to healthier, more equitable housing, to more land conservation in our communities, and to increased funding for joint projects.

Buildings Part 1: Buildings, Offices, and HQs – What should your land trust consider?

Catch the recording from part one of this program Buildings, Offices, and HQs – What should your land trust consider?

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Buildings Part 2: Historic Buildings – A primer on historic preservation, restoration, designations, and funding

Catch the recording from part two of this program Historic Buildings – A primer on historic preservation, restoration, designations, and funding.

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Introduction to FarmLink for Land Trusts

CLCC and CT Farmland Trust hosted an online introduction to the FarmLink program, and how FarmLink can help match your land trust to a farmer who is interested in stewarding your agricultural lands. Topics discussed land and community benefits of leasing farmland, land trust considerations before leasing, and funding opportunities for your land trust.

Land Trust Board Member Boot Camp

CLCC’s Land Trust Board Member Boot Camp is a five-week series for those who are new to being on a board, new to land trusts, or are looking for a refresher course.

CT Land Trust Risk Management Initiative

The Land Trust Alliance and CLCC collaborated to bring risk management support to your land trust, through the Connecticut Land Trust Risk Management Initiative.

OSWA and UGCG Program Info Session

7/14/22 – 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).

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 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.

2016 New London County Advancement Initiative

April – December 2016, funded by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut Letz Environmental Grant Program, was a one-year project which sought to strengthen land trusts operating within New London County by providing technical assistance, training and other services focused on building their respective programs to provide long-term land stewardship and conservation defense.

2014-2016 Lower CT River Advancement Initiative

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.