Climate-Smart Forestry

The following resources were provided by Lisa Hayden (New England Forestry Foundation) and Andrea Urbano (CT DEEP) at the 2023 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference. This presentation explained emerging forest stewardship, urban forestry and land management practices that are being defined, implemented and monitored for their climate benefits in Connecticut and across New England.

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A Natural Forest Ecosystem: Best Practice for Natural Area Stewardship
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Northeast Bird Habitat Conservation Initiative Mapping Tool

The Northeast Bird Habitat Conservation Initiative has announced the launch of an exciting new interactive mapping tool designed to aid northeastern conservation practitioners and organizations, including regional conservation partnerships and land trusts in advancing conservation.

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Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors
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State of Connecticut Directory of Certified Forest Practitioners
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.

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Leasing Land to Farmers: A Handbook for New England Land Trusts, Municipalities and Institutions – Land for Good

This handbook was produced for New England by the Non-farming Landowner Task Force of the Land Access Project.

Land Trust Board Member Boot Camp

CLCC’s Land Trust Board Member Boot Camp is a five-part series that covers the essential roles, functions, and responsibilities of land trust board members. The series is designed for those who are new to being on a board, new to land trusts, or are looking for a refresher course.

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Open to All: A Disability Inclusion Guide for Land Trusts

Open to All: A Disability Inclusion Guide for Land Trusts was created by a dedicated group of people who came together to form an Advisory Council on Inclusive Health and Disabilities under the guidance of the Land Trust Alliance and their partner, the Lakeshore Foundation.

CT Forestry Services Directory

The Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) has created the CT Forestry Services Directory as a resource for forest landowners. Landowners can find a CT certified professional forester to assist with individual needs.

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Sample Signage

CLCC’s sign collection includes example signage for land trusts and other conservation and trail organizations.  If you have helpful signage to share, please contact Cristina at

For additional (non-CT) samples visit WeConservePA’s sign gallery:

For CT COVID-19 Sample Trails Signage click here.

COVID-19 Sample Trails Signage and Preserve Use Guidance

As part of CLCC’s virtual programming, Conserving Land by Staying Connected and to continue to be responsive to the needs of Connecticut’s land trust community, a compilation of documents, resources, and recordings of previous programs have been included below to best serve land trusts and conservation organizations at this time.