Gaining Ground

Connecticut

204,027

Acres Protected

That’s about 154,566 football fields!

Land trusts have already conserved 61 million acres of private land across the nation — more than all of the national parks combined. Help us conserve another 60 million acres by the end of the decade.

Together, let’s keep Gaining Ground.

Visitors to Land Trust Properties

132,242

Visitors in 2020, more than double that of 2015.

Percent of Land Trusts That Provide Public Access to Their Lands

83%

Land trusts provide opportunities to recreate and recharge.

Number of People Served

25,082

Land trusts provide programs and activities to get people outside and learn about the land.

Miles of Trails

473

Walking, hiking and other outdoor recreation improve people's health and well-being.

Miles With Universal Access

62

Universal access trails are designed to be used by all people, regardless of ability.

Percent of Land Trusts Who Increased Community Engagement in the Last Five Years

63%

Land Trusts Are Deepening Relationships With:
  • People from various racial and ethnic backgrounds

  • Older adults or those living in retirement communities

  • People who identify as LGBTQ+

  • People living with disabilities

  • Veterans

Land Trusts Are Helping Address Community Needs, Including:
  • Youth education and development

  • Community and economic development

  • Food security and agriculture

  • Health and wellness

  • Social and environmental justice

Demographics

Every land trust is as unique as the community it serves.

Connecticut land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.

Active Land Trusts

107

A land trust is a nonprofit that conserves land by acquiring and stewarding land or conservation easements.

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Alliance Member Land Trusts

73

Land Trust Alliance members commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.

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Accredited Land Trusts

29

Accredited land trusts undergo a thorough review of their practices in governance, finance, transactions and stewardship.

Learn about land trust accreditation

People

  • Members/financial supporters

    29,227

  • Volunteers

    4,411

  • Full-time staff

    73

  • Part-time staff

    111

  • Board members

    1,120

Land Trust Longevity

  • Oldest

    127 years old (1895)

  • Youngest

    15 years old (2007)

  • Median age

    48 years old

Percent of Land Trusts Who Increased Focus on Climate Change in the Last Five Years

65%

Percent of Land Trusts Receiving Funding to Address Climate Change

13%

Sources of Funding to Address Climate Change
  • State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

  • Environmental Protection Agency

Land Protected

There has been a 32% increase in Connecticut land protected by land trusts since 2010.

Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Connecticut lands, waters and ways of life.

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
154,063
182,510
204,027
+32%
Under easement
52,531
61,572
66,865
+27%
Owned
63,145
82,224
100,170
+59%
Acquired and reconveyed
20,624
24,662
21,467
+4%
Protected by other means
17,822
20,104
15,523
0%

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.

Percent of Land Owned and Under Easement Held by an Accredited Land Trust

64%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$657 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

6,900

Source: NRCS - Natural Resources Inventory

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.

Making a Difference

Connecticut land trusts are gaining ground.

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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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Land Trusts Working in Connecticut

Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.