Who We Are » Our Collaborative
The Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative is a highly effective Regional Conservation Partnerships or RCP working with more than two dozen conservation organizations across Northwest Connecticut. Together we are protecting our area’s most important landscapes and natural resources through the strategic, collaborative action of committed local land trusts and their conservation partners.
Since 2008 when the Litchfield Hills Greenprint became a collaborative RCP, we have:
- Provided advocacy, technical support and conservation finance mechanisms to help our members protect more than 3,300 acres of conservation land across 17 communities in our region.
- Secured and passed on to our members more than $1.5 million in private grant funding for land protection.
- Leveraged more than $5.9 million in federal funding for land protectiion projects from the Highlands Conservation Act (HCA) and Forest Legacy Program.
- Faciliated over $3.5 million in state funding in CT DEEP Open Space Water and Land Protectiion Aquisition (OSWLA) grants for regional conservation priorities.
- Advanced private landowner donations of land or conservation easements to our member land trusts.
- Secured capacity building and land acquisition grants from outside foundations that are only available to effective Regional Conservation Partnerships.
- Advanced the trend toward better alignment with Land Trust Standards and Practices, with 9 Greenprint members including HVA now fully accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and four more in the process of first-time application.
The Litchfield Hills Greenprint began in 2004 as a partnership between the Housatonic Valley Association and the Trust for Public Land. It then expanded in 2008 to become a robust, regional collaborative of nearly two dozen land trusts and conservation groups working together in 28 towns in Northwest Connecticut . The service area of the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative today comprises all of Litchfield County, as well as Sherman in Fairfield County and Hartland in Hartford County. The Housatonic Valley Association provides staffing, administrative support, and GIS services for the Greenprint.
This website, with its interactive map portal, makes an unprecedented amount of data and conservation resources available to area land trusts and land use planners and is the virtual home of the Greenprint Collaborative. Having invested in the most comprehensive GIS database available for our region, the Greenprint Collaborative has the ability to prioritize regionally significant natural resources. Based on this analysis combined with local knowledge, we have committed to safeguarding half of our remaining farmland, woods and drinking water reserves - at least 70,000 acres - by 2030.