Partnerships

The Sharon Land Trust creates lasting partnerships that allow ideas and resources to be shared; this helps to accomplish more conservation projects. Our partners include key local and state agencies, leading nonprofits, and other groups with expertise in conservation. In addition to local benefactors, SLT actively seeks out federal and state grants.

LAND TRUST ALLIANCE

Land trust accreditation is a mark of distinction, showing that a land trust meets high standards for land conservation. It sends a message to landowners and supporters: “Invest in us. We are a strong, effective organization you can trust to conserve your land trust forever.”

Accreditation demonstrates that a land trust has successfully implemented Land Trust Standards and Practices. Accredited land trusts range from all-volunteer organizations to national groups and protect more than 75% of all land and easements held by land trusts in America. Accreditation is a voluntary program administered by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Accreditation is a catalyst for improvement, which results in faster, better, stronger conservation. The accreditation seal offers the assurance that a land trust can keep the promise of perpetuity and that it is worthy of the public trust. So, accreditation strengthens both individual land trusts and America’s land conservation movement.

ACTIVE PARTNERS

In recent years we have partnered with both the Kent and Salisbury land trusts, the Trust for Public Land, H.V.A., and the Audubon. This year we began initial efforts on a possible joint project with the Connecticut Farmland Trust. The Sharon Land Trust and the Sharon Audubon have a long history of working together. We have partnered on several grant applications and land acquisitions. The land trust has sponsored an Audubon Environmental Conservation Program at Sharon Center School, provided an information booth at the August Audubon Festival, and worked with the Audubon society to sponsor the 2007 “A Conversation On Open Space,” featuring our Congressman Chris Murphy, and attended by over 100 land preservation advocates.

TAPPING GRANT MONEY

The Sharon Land Trust has been able to secure several million dollars in state and federal grants for most of our major purchases. Unfortunately, the world of government grants is built on shifting sands. There is, however, hope on the horizon. Our U.S. Congressman, Chris Murphy, is genuinely interested in land preservation and has been named chair of the Congressional Caucus on Open Space. His leadership should steer some much needed funds to the northwest corner. In addition, our state legislators Andrew Roraback and Roberta Willis are committed to promoting open space and farmland preservation. Over the years they have been active supporters of the Sharon Land Trust.

THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE TOWN

Planning & Zoning has already had initial talks on establishing a fund for preserving key parcels from development or for having complete control of how they are developed. If a meaningful funding method is established for this effort, Sharon can join other progressive Litchfield towns who are proactive in managing their town’s future growth.

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