How CLCA Came to Be
There was a surge of interest and activity around land conservation in New Hampshire in the 1990’s. Many experienced land trusts were inundated with requests for assistance from those new to the field. Based on this experience, and with the support of the informal New Hampshire Conservation Coalition, the Center for Land Conservation Assistance was created in 2001 to address the needs of a growing number of land trusts and an increased level of land protection activity by both land trusts and conservation commissions in New Hampshire. The organization was overseen by a steering committee consisting of representatives from land trusts and conservation groups of various sizes from around the state. CLCA was funded primarily through grants during a three-year start-up period. We are grateful to the Otto Fund and Charles and Laura Arter Fund of the Greater Piscataqua Community Foundation and the Land Trust Alliance for their support during those formative years!
In 2004, the CLCA Steering Committee voted to make CLCA a permanent and self-sustaining department of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests – maintaining its independent role as an information clearing house while also offering the infrastructure of the state’s largest land conservation group. CLCA is managed by a Forest Society subcommittee consisting of past and present Forest Society Board members, volunteer land stewards and staff from regional land trusts in NH.