Photo by: Wendy Carlson

Goals and Strategies

Guided by natural resource maps and parcel data developed by the Greenprint and its partners, members of the Collaborative share a conservation vision of prioritizing regionally significant natural resources, and a commitment to safeguard at least half of our remaining farmland, forest systems, and drinking water resources. We are committed to increasing the pace and quality of land conservation across the Litchfield Hills, and to further protecting 70,000 acres of regionally significant land by 2030.

The Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative protects lands primarily through its members and does not itself hold a conservation interest in land. Members of the Greenprint Collaborative nominate conservation projects of regional importance for assistance. The Greenprint Collaborative staff screens the projects using an assessment form developed by the Collaborative, and brings vetted projects and recommendations to the Leadership Board for review. The Leadership Board finalizes preferred projects and approves recommended actions. The Leadership Board deploys Greenprint resources to help complete these projects, which may include:

  • tapping a dedicated pool of private capital;
  • convening a “SWAT” team of land protection professionals to assist in doing the deal;
  • nominating projects for appropriate government funding;
  • referral to appropriate external conservation development entities;
  • Securing an appropriate holder of conservation interest for the transaction in consultation with the nominating organization.

Greenprint staff ensures that preferred projects have clear and appropriate lead and support organizations to move toward completion, and that the needs and interests of partners are understood.

Learn more about conservation options.

Photo by: Tim Abbott