NEW CANAAN LAND CONSERVATION TRUST, INC.

Protecting and Stewarding Open Space in New Canaan Since 1967

aka New Canaan Land Trust   |   New Canaan, CT   |  newcanaanlandtrust.org

Mission

The mission of the New Canaan Land Trust is to foster a connection between the New Canaan Community and its natural resources through the conservation and sustainable stewardship of our open space.

Ruling year info

1967

Executive Director

Aaron Lefland

Main address

P.O. Box 425

New Canaan, CT 06840 USA

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EIN

06-6098244

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The New Canaan Land Trust works to conserve open space, which is constantly threatened due to development and suburbanization. Once protected, we also work to ensure that our lands provide public and natural benefit. Nearly half of our acreage is open to the public with extensive walking trails, and all of our properties are sustainable managed to provide habitat for native flora and fauna. Finally, we work to engage the New Canaan community in our mission, and to install a conservation ethic across our town.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Open Space Protection

INFORMATION NOTE: The New Canaan Land Trust is organized to hold title, in perpetuity, to open space real properties. (See attached list) The public has access to all such properties, but the organization does not undertake specific programs. All expenditures by the organization are for the maintenance and protection of the properties.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A summer internship for local high school students designed to engage participants in land stewardship projects that benefit the land trust and their community.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

In addition to permanently protecting open space, the New Canaan Land Trust stewards its properties through the restoration of wildlife habitat, construction of trails for passive recreation, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Alliance Accreditation 2018

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The New Canaan Land Trust works to conserve parcels of open space in our community and spread a conservation ethic across our community.

Our land conservation strategies are primarily focused around working with private landowners who are interested in donating land, and seeing it preserved in perpetuity. We have also embarked at multiple, successful, capital campaigns where a purchase was warranted. Once protected, we ensure the sustainable stewardship of our lands by working with professionals to provide exemplary wildlife habitat and build and maintain trail systems. Finally, we work to engage the community in our work by hosting various events and programs throughout the year.

The New Canaan Land Trust relies primarily on contributions from members, foundations, and business to achieve its goals. Specific projects are frequently sponsored or underwritten, while general operating costs are supported by our members.

The New Canaan Land Trust has accomplished much over its 50 year history, including the protection of nearly 400 acres, the development of multiple events and a programs, the establishment of new meadows and improved woodlands. We will continue on this track, ensuring that New Canaan's remaining open space is protected for generations to come, and cared for in a way that benefits the community and our native wildlife.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NEW CANAAN LAND CONSERVATION TRUST, INC.

Board of directors
as of 3/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tom Cronin

Arthur Berry

Tom Cronin

Nancy Bemis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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