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Protecting your family land programs funding and organizations that can help

Protecting Your Family Land:Programs, Funding, and Organizations that can help!

Aerial Photography by Leslie Sweetnamwww.glsweetnam.com


Federal funding programs

Federal Funding Programs

  • Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRLPP)

  • Forest Legacy Program (FLP)


Farm and ranch lands protection program frlpp

Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRLPP)

Organization/Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture - NRCS

Program Purpose: Funding for the purchase of conservation restrictions

Success in CT:In 2009 this program had protected 70 farms and over 7,400-acres includingValley Farm in East Woodstock in 2006.

Eligibility Requirements:

Entity Criteria: Any state or local unit of government, or non-profit organization can apply for FRPP funds by demonstrating a commitment to long-term conservation of agriculture land, a capability to acquire, manage, and enforce easements, sufficient staff dedicated to monitoring and easement stewardship, and the availability of funds – (Requires a 50-50 match with exceptions for a percentage of donated land).

Parcel Criteria: Must be privately owned, contain at least 50% prime, unique, statewide, or locally important farmland, be subject of a pending offer, contain cropland, grassland, pasture land, or forest land that contributes to the economic viability of an agricultural operation, not include forest land of greater than two-thirds of the easement, and possess on-site and off-site conditions which will allow the easement to be effective in achieving the purposes of the program

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ct/programs/easements/farmranch/

Contact Information: Joyce Purcell

FRPP Program Manager USDA-NRCS

344 Merrow Road, Suite A

Tolland, CT 06084-3917

Phone: (860) 871-4028

[email protected]


Forest legacy program flp

Forest Legacy Program (FLP)

Organization/Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Forest Service

Program Purpose: Funding for up to 75% of the cost of purchasing a conservation restriction on forest land and on rare occasions for the purchase of forest land outright

Success in CT: Through August of 2012 there had been 30 tracts totaling 8,125 acres protected in CT. The Stonehouse Brook parcels in Chaplin and Ashford were approved in 2004 and funded in 2007.

Eligibility Requirements:

Property must:

• Be within a designated Forest Legacy Area

• Be threatened by development or conversion to non-forest

• Be a working forest, in that it protects water quality, provides habitat, forest products, opportunities for recreation, and/or other public benefits

• Abut or be in close proximity to already existing protected land

• Have some unique quality, such as a viewshed or a known population of rare, threatened or endangered species

• Have a Forest Stewardship Plan

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Websites: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2697&pm=1&Q=483756&depNav_GID=1631

http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/aboutflp.shtml

Contact Information: Helene Hochholzer

Forest Legacy Coordinator, CT DEEP

Division of Forestry

Tel: 860-424-3634

Fax: 860-424-4070

Email: [email protected]


State funding programs

State Funding Programs

  • Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program

  • Farmland Preservation Program

  • Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program

  • Recreational Trails Program (RTP)


Open space and watershed land acquisition grant program

Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program

Organization/Agency: CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Program Purpose: Up to 65% (75% for projects in ‘distressed municipalities or targeted investment communities’) of either fair market value of development rights or purchase price for a conservation property

Success in CT: From 1998 through 2010 this grant program has funded $102,517,477 to support the purchase of 380+ properties, preserving 67,000 acres in 125 communities.

Eligibility Requirements:

Entity Criteria: Municipalities, Non-profit land conservation organizations, and Water Companies are eligible for funding

Property Criteria: Property must be one or more of the following: valuable for recreation, forestry, fishing, conservation of wildlife or natural resources, a prime natural feature of the state's landscape, habitat for native plant or animal species listed as threatened, endangered or of special concern, a relatively undisturbed outstanding example of a native ecological community which is uncommon, important for enhancing and conserving water quality, valuable for preserving local agricultural heritage, or eligible to be classified as Class I or Class II watershed land (Water Companies only). Also, Public access is required.

Application Deadline: Announced every year

Website: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2687&Q=322338

Contact Information: David Stygar

Land Acquisition CT DEEP

79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127

(860) 424-3016

[email protected]


Farmland preservation program

Farmland Preservation Program

Organization/Agency: CT Department of Agriculture (DOAG)

Program Purpose: Funding for the state to pay up to 100% of the value of development rights for farmland that will help secure the future of agriculture in CT

Success in CT: 283 farms totaling 37,262 acres preserved through program so far (April 2011)

Eligibility Requirements:

Entity Criteria: Landowners and municipalities (if have policy in support of farmland preservation, a farmland preservation plan, and a fund for purchasing development rights) can apply

Property Criteria: Property must be an active farm operation, include a minimum of 30 acres of cropland or be adjacent to a larger parcel, meet minimum program criteria, and meet FRPP requirements if federal funding will be used as part of the sale. Priority is given to land with a high percentage of prime and important agricultural soils and land in close proximity to other active farmland.

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Website: http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?a=3260&q=399016

Contact Information: J. Joseph Dippel, Director

Farmland Preservation Program, CT DOAG

165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

Phone: (860) 713-2511

Fax: (860) 713-2514

[email protected]


Recreation and natural heritage trust program

Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program

Organization/Agency: CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Program Purpose: Funding for the state to acquire open space property

Success in CT: Over 35,000 acres protected with about $ 190,000,000 spent (2008)

Eligibility Requirements:

Property Criteria: (should possess one or more of the following attributes):

• It should provide high quality recreation opportunities, either active or passive.

• It should be a resource offering conservation to a unique, natural area or protection of a species considered threatened, endangered, or of special concern.

• It should correspond to an example of a prime, natural feature of the Connecticut landscape

• Also, property must be for sale on the open market or the property owner must have expressed interest in the current or future sale or donation of the property.

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Website: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2706&q=323840&deepNav_GID=1641

Contact Information: Jackie Albert

Division of Land Acquisitions and Management

CT DEEP, 79 Elm Street,

Hartford, CT 06106-5127

(860) 424-3016

[email protected]


Recreational trail program rtp

Recreational Trail Program (RTP)

Organization/Agency: CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Program Purpose: Funding for everything related to recreational trails including acquisition of land or easements for a trail, or for trail corridors.

Success in CT: About 1 million given to organizations for various trail projects every year

Eligibility Requirements:

• Grants may be made to any private nonprofit organizations, municipalities, state departments and tribal governments.

• Requires 80/20 match

Application Deadline: End of March, but may shift

Website: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2707&q=323866&deepNav_GID=1642

Contact Information:Laurie Giannotti

Trails and Greenways Coordinator

CT DEEP, 79 Elm Street,

Hartford, CT 06106-5127

(860) 424-3578

[email protected]


Other funding opportunities

Other Funding Opportunities

  • Municipal Open Space Funding / Bonding

  • Community / Family Foundations

  • Conservation Loan Programs


Municipal open space funding bonding

Municipal Open Space Funding / Bonding

  • CT General Statute 7-131r enables municipalities to create a dedicated fund for the purpose of land acquisition

    • Not every town has established a fund

    • Money sources differ among towns –Examples include:

      • Annual line item budget

      • Annual mill rate allocation

      • Income from municipal forestry

      • Fee-in-lieu of open space

      • Gifts and bequests

  • Some towns also allocate municipal bonding money

    • Bonding can be approved prior to purchase or for specific properties

    • Can also be used for matching grants, to acquire development rights or to purchase land


Community family foundations

Community / Family Foundations

  • There are foundations that serve New England, Connecticut, and local communities throughout the state

  • They provide funding for many projects sometimes including land protection and open space acquisition

  • Examples Include:

    • Community Foundation of Eastern CT – Eastern CT

    • Fields Pond Foundation – Southern NE & NY

    • Sweet Water Trust – New England and Upstate NY


Conservation loan programs

Conservation Loan Programs

  • Norcross Wildlife Foundation - http://www.norcrossws.org/Foundmain.html

    • Makes no interest bridge loans to land trusts, sanctuaries and small foundations to help them acquire land they have prioritized for conservation. Loans of up to $250,000 are available for up to one full year.

    • The subject property must possess wildlife habitat of some tangible significance.

    • Applicants must be private, non-profit organizations as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.

  • The Conservation Fund - http://www.conservationfund.org/our-conservation-strategy/major-programs/land-trust-loan-program/

    • Works with private landowners to secure conservation easements on lands with high conservation value.

    • Provide bridge financing and real estate expertise

    • Particular importance on “working lands” or forests, farms and ranches being sustainably, actively managed.


Partner organizations

Partner Organizations

  • Connecticut Forest and Park Association

  • Wolf Den Land Trust

  • Joshua’s Trust

  • Connecticut Farmland Trust

  • Nature Conservancy

  • Wyndham Land Trust

  • Northern Connecticut Land Trust

  • New Roxbury Land Trust


Connecticut forest and park association cfpa

Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA)

Mission: Dedicated to protecting forests, parks, walking trails, and open spaces for future generations by connecting people to the land.

Area of Focus: Statewide

Land Protection: Manage the 825 mile Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail system, own about 350 acres, and hold conservation restrictions on about 1700 acres and 7 miles of trail. Focus its land conservation efforts on the protection of working forests and trails

Contact: Lindsay Michel – Land Conservation Director at [email protected] or (860) 346-8733


Wolf den land trust

Wolf Den Land Trust

Mission: The goal of the Wolf Den Land Trust is to preserve diverse habitats and open space for future generations, and to demonstrate healthy stewardship activities on this land.

Area of Focus: Work in northeastern CT

Land Protection: Currently own 503 acres and hold two conservation restrictions

Contact: Rob Viani – President at 860.974.3942


Joshua s trust

Joshua’s Trust

Mission: The trust is designed to supplement the open space and historic conservation efforts of federal, state, and local governments.

Area of Focus: Work in all of Windham County and most of Tolland County

Land Protection: Currently, protecting over 4,000 acres in fee ownership and conservation restrictions

Contact: Stephanie Clark – Executive Director at [email protected]


Connecticut farmland trust

Connecticut Farmland Trust

Mission: The Connecticut Farmland Trust’s (CFT) purpose is to preserve and protect land for agricultural use, to enhance agricultural diversity, economic development, environmental quality and rural character, to promote education for farmland preservation, and to assist landowners and others in protecting agricultural land.

Area of Focus: Statewide

Land Protection: Currently, hold agricultural conservation easements that protect 2,096 acres of farmland on 26 family farms around the state and have assisted partners in the preservation of 789 additional acres.

Contact: Elisabeth Moore – Director of Conservation at [email protected] or (860) 247-0202


Nature conservancy

Nature Conservancy

Mission: The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Area of Focus: Work statewide and throughout the country

Land Protection: The CT Chapter has protected more than 50,000 acres and maintains 62 local nature preserves

Contact: Sarah Pellegrino - Land Protection and Strategies Specialist at (203) 568-6293


Wyndham land trust

Wyndham Land Trust

Mission: The mission of the Wyndham Land Trust is to conserve the natural resources of Northeast Connecticut - the water courses, swamps, woodlands, and open spaces, the plant and animal life therein, and the scenic natural and historic sites

Area of Focus: Work in Windham County

Land Protection: Own 41 parcels in ten towns totaling almost 1800 acres and hold conservation restrictions on another 700 acres

Contact: WLT at (860) 963-2090 or [email protected]


Northern connecticut land trust

Northern Connecticut Land Trust

Mission: The Mission of the Trust is to preserve the natural resources of the northern Connecticut region including agricultural land and other ecologically important open space.

Area of Focus: Work in Ellington, Enfield, East Windsor, Somers, Stafford, Tolland and Vernon

Land Protection: Have protected over 1000 acres

Contact: NCLT at [email protected]


New roxbury land trust

New Roxbury Land Trust

Mission: Created to preserve open space; protect agricultural lands, forests, natural resources and wildlife habitats

Area of Focus: Works in Woodstock, Eastford, Pomfret, Putnam, Thompson and Union

Land Protection: Currently owns 130 acres

Contact: http://www.nrlt.org/contact-us.html


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