Founded in 1965 as a nonprofit public charity, Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy is a regional land trust and the largest land trust in the state. As a guardian of natural and working lands, public recreation areas, and drinking water resources, NCLC permanently protects 12,000 acres (and growing) of vast, connected natural areas in Litchfield and northern Fairfield Counties.
Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy’s conserved lands serve a resident population of 200,000 people and include 21 public hiking preserves; 35 working farms; over 3,000 acres of habitat for endangered, threatened, and special concern species; and 42 miles of rivers, lakes, and streams. NCLC offers free education programs to more than 2,100 children and families annually and is regional conservation leader, convener, facilitator, and service provider. Each year, NCLC donates more than 1,325 hours of its staff time to support its land conservation partners.
In recognition of its work, Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy has received the state’s highest land trust award for land preservation from the Connecticut Land Conservation Council for its leadership role in collaborative land conservation. Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy has also received:
an EPA Environmental Merit Award in 2013 for its outstanding commitment to preserving and protecting the natural environment,
Land Trust Accreditation in 2015 for meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence, and
a Working Lands Alliance Pathfinder Award in 2017 for its significant contributions to educating the public about the importance of farmland preservation.