Big or small, Connecticut land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 154,566 football fields!
Connecticut land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
127 years old (1895)
15 years old (2007)
48 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Connecticut lands, waters and ways of life.
Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.
This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.
Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of Connecticut's most pressing issues.
Protecting land for future generations: The accredited New Haven Land Trust manages the Long Wharf Nature Preserve, a 15-acre preserve that lives in the shadows of New Haven's I-95 corridor and seamlessly merges with the beautiful Long Island Sound. The preserve has become an oasis for wildlife conservation and a place where visitors and residents can reconnect with nature.Read more
Saving family farms: The accredited Connecticut Farmland Trust worked with John Wraight to take advantage of the federal tax incentive in order to protect his family farm, which his wife calls "something of an oasis."Read more
Saving wildlife habitat: The Alvonia Land Conservancy worked with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to create a habitat for the New England cottontails, along with other local species, on 28 acres in two of its preserves.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.