Resources for Conserving Your Favorite Landscapes
This land is your land.
Whether it’s birdwatching in Cockaponsett Forest, marveling at the fragile wetlands on Plum Island, or hiking around the local reservoir that provides your drinking water, you know these special lands—the flora and fauna that call them home—need your help.
Here are resources to protect the places you love for the next generation.
Take local action
- Find out how to protect your roadside trees with our Tree Guide.
- Let your public officials know you want them to protect open space and drinking water lands—not only for Connecticut and New York, but also our national parks and marine monuments. Find contact info for your elected officials here.
- Lend your voice to active conservation campaigns. Our Action Center has petitions and letters you can take action right now to help protect at-risk landscapes.
Defend Drinking Water Lands
It’s incredibly important to ensure the land surrounding public drinking water reservoirs—and the streams that feed them—is protected from contamination, pollution, and development. Connecticut has strong protections for these critical areas, but enforcing them requires constant vigilance.
- Read about Class I and II water company lands here and view a drinking watershed map.
- Learn more about defending drinking water lands.
Support state parks
Visit a state park near you or take a day trip to somewhere new! We are busy advocating for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to get the funding they need to keep our parks clean and safe for all to enjoy.
Conserve local open space
Connecticut has a progressive goal to conserve 21 percent of the state’s total land as open space by 2023.
- Learn more about Connecticut’s Green Plan
- And Connecticut’s Plan of Conservation and Development
- Acquisition grants are available to municipalities and nonprofit land conservation organizations to acquire land for open space. If you know of an at-risk parcel, contact your local land trust!