What We Do » Conservation Planning
Strategic land protection is a two-step process: first, deciding which areas are critical to conserve, and then actively developing relationships with appropriate landowners before their land goes on the market for development. Estate planning is a perfect example of how this process works. The transfer of ownership between generations can be very stressful for families, and raising their awareness of alternatives to development can not only help preserve their family land, it may very well have other financial benefits.
To aid this process, each member organization in the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative receives a pair of custom maps, tailored to their service areas and updated annually with the latest protected lands data. One shows the three prioritized resources of regional significance—farm fields on farmland soils; unbroken forest systems greater than 200 acres; and ground and surface drinking water resources. The other map identifies unprotected parcels of land larger than fifty acres that contain one or more of these resources in sufficient quantity to be regionally significant. Each map further identifies the conservation holdings of the member organization as either fee simple or easement properties. We ask our member organizations to provide us with the data we need to update these maps to reflect their most recent transactions.