CLCA’s mission is to provide information and assistance to land conservation efforts throughout our state. CLCA provides support to land trusts, conservation commissions and others seeking to conserve undeveloped land in NH through direct assistance, coordination, education, access to training and funding opportunities, and referrals.
CLCA provides services in several broad categories:
- Capacity Building CLCA consults with land trust staff and volunteers, municipal open space advocates and landowners about a wide array of land conservation issues. We provide organizational and project support for growing land trusts and for municipal conservation groups, including model documents, board member skill development, assistance with drafting conservation easements and managing projects.
- Education CLCA works closely with UNH Cooperative Extension to organize and present an annual spring conservation conference, Saving Special Places, providing dozens of workshops on a variety of land conservation topics. We offer presentations for land trusts and community activists including The Dollars and Sense of Saving Special Places; facilitating Land Trust Alliance’s Organizational Assessment; training for conservation easement drafting and easement stewardship monitoring; and more.
- Information Exchange CLCA convenes the bi-annual meetings of the informal New Hampshire Land Conservation Coalition. We collect and disseminate information on topics of interest to the land trust community, through referrals and regional meetings and ad hoc exchanges as needed. We maintain the list of land trusts in the state and refer callers to the groups that work in their area of interest.
- Publications CLCA co-authored and produced Saving Special Places: Community Funding for Land Conservation, to help municipalities understand the many ways they can set aside money for land conservation projects. CLCA produced Conserving Your Land: Options for New Hampshire Landowners to provide New Hampshire landowners a better understanding of land conservation options.
- Financial Assistance From time to time, CLCA administers grant programs to assist land conservation activitists with elements of their work. Between 2002 and 2007 CLCA distributed more than $127,000 in small grants to assist with transaction costs for qualifying projects that permanently protect land in the coastal watershed area. In 2004, CLCA provided financial assistance that enabled 10 people to attend the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Providence, RI.