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New Website Unveiled for Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative

Friday, August 17, 2012

New Website Unveiled for Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative 

The Housatonic Valley Association has unveiled a dynamic new website for the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative at www.litchfieldgreenprint.org.  The site features an interactive map and provides a wealth of information of particular interest to the conservation community and land protection groups in Northwest Connecticut. 

 “We are thrilled to be able to provide this on-line resource to our member land trusts and to the general public” said Greenprint Director Tim Abbott.  “This website makes a great deal of useful material available for conservation planning purposes that has never been gathered in one place before, including data that is unique to our site and which we developed ourselves.” 

Mr. Abbott said that the Greenprint has developed the most comprehensive and current map data for permanently protected open space that exists for its service area in Connecticut, covering all of Litchfield County along with Sherman in Fairfield County and Hartland in Hartford County. 

Users of the website are able to access numerous data layers through an interactive map portal that allows them to navigate to a particular location, view the natural resource or land use data of interest to them, and even print maps of the areas and features they have selected.  Greenprint members have access to additional, password protected content as one of the benefits of their membership.

The creation of this new website was made possible by grants from the Connecticut Community Foundation, the David L. Klein Jr. Foundation, The Housatonic Valley Association, and private contributions from individual members of the Greenprint’s Leadership Advisory Board.   

The Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative is a program of the Housatonic Valley Association, which provides staff, administrative and Geographic Information System (GIS) support for the program.  Its aim is to strategically accelerate land protection in Northwest Connecticut by sharing data, expertise and collaborative efforts to protect the area's most important landscapes and natural resources. 

The Greenprint Collaborative currently has 23 dues paying member land trusts and conservation organizations with a local or regional presence in Northwest Connecticut who have agreed to work together in partnerships based on mutual trust and respect, collaborative action, and the highest professional standards.    Together they share vision of saving at least half the remaining farmland, forest systems, and drinking water resources in this region through a combination of strategic land protection initiatives and better land use planning and stewardship.

“Greenprint members recognize that such collaboration represents a new way of doing business and requires each of them to go beyond what is comfortable or familiar” Abbott said.   “It is vital to the success of this effort, and to each of our organizations, that together  our website and the in-person meetings of the Collaborative together provide a forum where neighboring land trusts of varying capacities and geographies—but with similar approaches to conservation—can expand their vision and learn from one another's experiences.  This will enable us to be focused and nimble in response to conservation opportunities and creative in our land protection strategies.”

Today the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative is recognized across New England as a groundbreaking model for regional conservation partnerships.  For more information, visit http://www.litchfieldgreenprint.org.

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