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eNews | March 29, 2019
Disappointment and Resolve
This week the Environment Committee voted to pass certain bills, and unfortunately, HB 5254 was not one of them. 

One of CLCC’s top conservation priorities, the bill enables a pilot group of towns to adopt a buyer’s conveyance fee program to fund open space and farmland acquisition, stewardship, and other environmental projects. 

While frustrated and disappointed by this setback, we will continue to explore with legislators and the administration other avenues to pursue a municipal land conservation and stewardship funding option. Stay tuned.

We applaud the leadership and foresight of the 15 towns that asked to be included in this pilot program as well as your consistent efforts in advocating for the bill’s passage.

HB 5254 generated more public support for a municipal open space funding option than ever before, which bodes well for our continuing efforts to advance the proposal.
Thank you for continuing to be vocal, strong and relentless in your advocacy in support of policies that will protect our land, water, and other natural resources.  Onward!

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Esq.
Executive Director
Testifying in support of HB 5254 at the Environment Committee public hearing on February 4.

35th annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference
March 23, 2019

What a day!

With a record crowd of 550 participants, Connecticut now boasts the largest state land trust association conference in country! A full re-cap is in the works. Meanwhile, enjoy photos (and please add your own), read about our 2019 Excellence in Land Conservation Award honorees, and send in those evaluations!

Seeking Communications Intern

As part of our Northeast Land Trust Advancement Initiative, CLCC and The Last Green Valley are seeking a communications intern to focus on community engagement and communications to raise the visibility of land trusts in Northeast CT and help lay the groundwork for a larger, watershed-wide regional conservation strategy.

Capitol Building
2019 Legislative Session - Mid-Session Update

With the 2019 legislative session at a mid-way point, we have mixed news to share with respect to CLCC’s conservation priorities...
Seeking Input on 2019 Model Conservation Easements

CLCC's 2019 Model Conservation Easement and Model Forever Wild Easement were presented in draft at the annual Conference and are ready for your review. Your input is important before we finalize these documents! Please contact Amy at with your suggestions and comments.

CLCC Hosts Annual Executive Staff Summit
What a terrific group! CLCC's 3rd annual pre-Conference Executive Staff Summit drew land conservation leaders from across the state.

Land Trusts in the News
Connecticut Land Trust Accreditation News
  • Congratulations to the New Canaan Land Trust for earning national accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, making it the 26th accredited land trust in Connecticut. Read more >>
State News Headlines
Governor Lamont Nominates Bryan Hurlburt to serve as Department of Agriculture Commissioner - Hurlburt is currently executive director of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association >>
National News
President's Proposed Budget Bad News for Land Programs
Special thanks to the Office of Senator Chris Murphy for sharing the following news.

The President’s Proposed FY 2020 Budget includes massive cuts to programs that support public lands including the following:

  • Cuts to Department of the Interior by $1.5 billion, including $52 million from the National Park System’s operations, $31 million from National Recreation and Preservation, and almost all funding for the Land Acquisition and State Assistance program;
  • Complete elimination of funding from the Highlands Conservation Act; and
  • Complete elimination of funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – a program that Congress just overwhelmingly voted to permanently reauthorize.
Funding & Project Assistance Opportunities
Land Trust Resources & Opportunities
NRCA students participating in the 2019 CT Land Conservation Conference
Photo courtesy of Marvelwood School, Kent, CT and shared by the Kent Land Trust
Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Tip of the Month
Five Tips for Telling Nonprofit Stories
“Storytelling” is a common buzzword on social media and blogs, but few really explain how to tell a story
that will drive engagement and donations. As you kick off your spring fundraising, here are five practical tips for aspiring nonprofit storytellers >>

(Shared by Judy Anderson)
dog in the forest
Connecticut Land Conservation Council
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Middletown, CT 06457

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council advocates for land conservation, stewardship and funding, and works to ensure the long term strength and viability of the land conservation community.