Open Space Planning & Protection

Permanent protection as dedicated open space is the ultimate way to ensure that riparian corridors and other critical areas throughout a watershed continue to perform their important functions. Open space acquisition by municipalities and nonprofits like land trusts continues to be the foundation for land protection in Connecticut. Below are links to some statewide organizations that can provide assistance.

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Connecticut Land Conservation Council

CLCC works with land trusts across the state to strengthen conservation efforts and provide equitable access to open space, and advocates for policies that support natural resources as a vital community asset.

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Connecticut’s Open Space Acquisition Plan

The “Green Plan” identifies priorities, statewide, for open space protection, both by the state itself and other conservation and municipal entities.

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Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program

The “OSWA” Program, administered by CT DEEP, provides financial assistance to municipalities and nonprofit conservation organizations to acquire land for permanent protection.


Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions

CACIWC promotes the statutory responsibilities of Connecticut Conservation Commissions and Inland Wetland Commissions and to foster environmental quality through education and through the conservation and protection of wetlands and other natural resources.