What is a Land Trust

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What is a Land Trust?

Land trusts are nonprofit, community-based organizations dedicated to the permanent protection and stewardship of land for public benefit.

They work closely with landowners to conserve land through acquisition, conservation easements or other interests in real property. Land trusts are supported through charitable donations and use funds for a variety of purposes in support of their mission. Once land has been protected, land trusts have an ongoing responsibility to care for the land, ensuring that easements are upheld and preserves well-managed.

Over 137 conservation organizations serve the communities of Connecticut, representing the third most land trusts of any state in the country. Collectively protecting and managing property with significant natural, cultural and scenic resources, these groups run the spectrum from small, all-volunteer outfits to large organizations with professional staff.

They include groups with a local or regional focus as well as those with a statewide vision for natural resource protection.

Land Trust Directory

CLCC is offering the first statewide Connecticut Land Trust Directory.

Find your local or regional land trust along with other land-holding conservation organizations using our database or interactive map.

Need to update your land trust profile?

Fill out form below. Contact Cristina at chayden@ctconservation.org if you have any questions.