Founded in 1965 as a nonprofit public charity, Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy is a regional land trust and the largest land trust in the state. As a guardian of natural and working lands, public recreation areas, and drinking water resources, NCLC permanently protects 12,000 acres (and growing) of vast, connected natural areas in Litchfield and northern Fairfield Counties.
Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy’s conserved lands serve a resident population of 200,000 people and include 21 public hiking preserves; 35 working farms; over 3,000 acres of habitat for endangered, threatened, and special concern species; and 42 miles of rivers, lakes, and streams. NCLC offers free education programs to more than 2,100 children and families annually and is a regional conservation leader, convener, facilitator, and service provider. Each year, NCLC donates more than 1,325 hours of its staff time to support its land conservation partners.