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HVA Hires Connie Manes as Greenprint Manager

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) proudly announces that national expert Connie Manes is joining HVA’s Greenprint team as manager of the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative. Connie will work under Greenprint Director Tim Abbott to expand the reach and impact of this land trust conservation partnership. Manes starts the first week of January, 2016 in this part-time role.

"Connie is a great friend and superb conservation partner," HVA's Tim Abbott said.  "Her reputation in the Land Trust Community, her facilitation skills and conservation expertise, would be assets in any organization, but are especially prized in collaborative work like ours involving many interests and stakeholders.  I'm excited to be   working even more closely with her as she helps the Greenprint and its members take our regional partnership to new levels of conservation success."

Earlier this year Manes  joined the Greenprint Steering Committee and is excited to dig into her new responsibilities as the group’s second staff. “I believe there is tremendous opportunity to increase efficiency and impact when we come together to pursue our common goals,” says Manes. “My Greenprint colleagues are a highly professional, collegial and motivated group. I am proud to expand my contributions to this effort.”   In her new role at HVA, Manes will strengthen the collaborative network, build community awareness, and help tee up importance land conservation initiatives.

Manes remains the Principal of Manes Consulting, LLC and part-time Executive Director of Kent Land Trust. Since 2008 she has worked with conservation nonprofits throughout the Northeast to build organizational stability and long-term capacity.  In 2012 she pioneered the growing national Land Trust Alliance Circuit Rider program. In that capacity, Manes works with nonprofits throughout Connecticut to prepare for national accreditation. Through her work, Manes has directly represented nearly half of the Greenprint member organizations and has strong connections to them all.

A graduate of Williams College (1990), Manes earned her Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law (1996), and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Pace University (2008).  Manes is a member of the Steering Committee of the statewide Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) and chairs its Training and Education Committee.  She has conducted special projects for the Land Trust Alliance and the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and frequently presents to statewide and local audiences on matters of organizational governance and conservation practice. Manes chairs the Town of Kent Conservation Commission and serves as secretary on the Board of New Milford's Village Center for the Arts.

The Litchfield Hills Greenprint began in 2004 as a partnership between HVA and the Trust for Public Land, who envisioned a brain trust of conservation leaders sharing time, talent and resources to solve problems and accomplish regionally significant land and natural resources protection. Charter Members of the expanded Greenprint Collaborative began working together in 2008 to share data and expertise. Today, the service area of the Greenprint Collaborative consists of all of Litchfield County, as well as Sherman in Fairfield County and Hartland in Hartford County.  HVA remains the host partner of the Greenprint, providing staffing and administrative support.

The Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative uses the highly effective model of the Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) to facilitate the land conservation work of more than two dozen Litchfield-area conservation organizations.  It’s members work strategically across town lines to protect more land together than could be done alone. The Collaborative’s overarching goal is to safeguard half of the Northwest Connecticut region’s remaining farmland, woods and drinking water reserves - at least 70,000 acres - by 2030.

Greenprint services include state-of-the-art mapping technology and analysis, assistance in planning and implementing land protection projects, and securing conservation and capacity building grants for its members. The Greenprint maintains an interactive map on its website with a wealth of information available in one place that is highly valued by its members and land use planners.

In addition to increased access to professional services and a vast network of expertise, the Greenprint is leveraging conservation capital by obtaining foundation grants for land protection projects, facilitating state and federal grants, and building a pool of private capital to provide grants and low interest loans.

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