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Connecticut Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs

Connecticut

Highlighted State Programs

Connecticut

State Policy Framework

Connecticut

Disclaimer

To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Though the Almanac does not obtain municipal land conservation data directly at this time, the "Local program data" in Connecticut consists of municipal conservation spending captured when a municipal jurisdiction partnered with a state or federal entity on the acquisition of a property.



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YearAcresDollars
2015 1,203.9 $5,949,355
2014 453.6 $2,343,129
2013 94.8 $1,243,747
2012 123.1 $1,300,372
2011 663.9 $13,297,410
2010 853.9 $3,968,303
2009 548.0 $11,604,581
2008 832.9 $15,085,316
2007 1,195.9 $14,645,193
2006 748.3 $6,802,265
2005 1,302.7 $9,294,070
2004 1,230.5 $11,392,271
2003 0.0 $103,713
2002 1,653.2 $14,268,101
2001 1,910.5 $11,156,224
2000 1,616.6 $10,316,439
1999 1,999.4 $18,091,200
1998 2,645.2 $15,187,907
Totals 19,076.4 $166,049,596

Highlighted State Programs

Connecticut Department of Agriculture - Community Investment Act - Farmland

Passed in 2005, the Community Investment Act (CIA) requires a $40 fee for recording of all municipal land records documents. The town where the document is filed retains $4, and the remaining $36 is distributed by the state as follows: 20% to the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism for historic preservation grants and activities; 20% to the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority for affordable housing programs; 20% to the Department of Environmental Protection for municipal open space grants (OSWA) and 40% to the Department of Agriculture for farmland preservation (FPP) and other programs.

A bill passed in June 2009 temporarily increased the filing fee for the recording of local land records from $30 to $40, and revised the funding distribution. HB-6262, passed in 2011, made permanent the increase and revised funding. See ftp://ftp.cga.ct.gov/2011/ba/pdf/2011HB-06262-R000387-BA.PDF and https://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/ACT/PA/2009PA-00229-R00SB-00891-PA.htm

NOTE: Program statistics displayed here are strictly for projects funded only through the Department of Agriculture’s portion of the CIA. Funds from the CIA distributed through the programs appear in statistics for those programs: the Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program and the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program.

YearAcresDollars
2013 113.0 $585,757
2012 80.0 $695,618
2010 263.7 $2,001,041
2008 633.5 $2,792,456
2007 388.2 $1,361,218
Total1,478.4 $7,436,092

Connecticut Department of Agriculture - Farmland Preservation Program

The Farmland Preservation Program began in 1978 as a way to preserve productive agricultural land in the state. The program acquires conservation easements on qualifying farmland, ensuring the land remains available for agricultural use in perpetuity. Applications are evaluated based on state criteria that prioritizes farms with a high percentage of prime soils located in active farm communities. Properties may include forest and wetlands. Participating landowners are required to file a plan with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Funding for the program comes primarily through state bonds and deed recording fee revenue collected under the Community Investment Act.

YearAcresDollars
2015 847.8 $5,098,699
2014 815.4 $3,220,030
2013 232.0 $1,591,594
2012 530.0 $2,952,262
2011 1,967.6 $6,257,014
2010 765.7 $3,605,565
2009 1,331.8 $6,865,034
2008 41.0 $246,060
2007 800.5 $3,319,307
2006 837.4 $3,898,095
2005 358.2 $1,044,445
2004 67.5 $441,950
2003 1,272.5 $3,505,270
2002 473.7 $1,953,803
2001 831.2 $2,175,027
1999 474.2 $853,456
Total11,646.4 $47,027,613

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program

Created by the state legislature in 1986, the Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust program (RNHT) aims to help preserve natural heritage and expand the system of parks, forests, and natural areas in Connecticut. It is the primary land acquisition program for this purpose under the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Potential acquisitions are evaluated based on their ability to provide recreational opportunities, conservation of unique natural areas or species, and RNHT is funded with state bond funds.

YearAcresDollars
2015 650.8 $4,523,000
2014 0.0 $0
2013 0.0 $27,861
2012 48.1 $325,000
2011 551.9 $6,546,750
2010 6.7 $57,250
2009 33.0 $270,000
2008 1,301.9 $15,195,694
2007 757.3 $3,943,205
2006 312.6 $2,736,340
2005 129.9 $812,309
2004 864.8 $2,408,192
2003 2,727.9 $15,856,377
2002 18,784.7 $98,244,310
2001 3,758.9 $23,284,737
2000 3,006.1 $5,616,361
1999 2,781.7 $11,491,790
1998 1,621.4 $7,733,000
Total37,337.6 $199,072,177

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program

The Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program (OSWA) began in 1998 and is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy Environmental Protection. The program provides financial assistance to municipalities and nonprofit land conservation organizations to acquire land that will add open space, enhance recreational opportunities, protect unique geographical features and/or conserve wildlife habitat. Funding for OSWA comes from state bonds and deed recording fee revenue collected under the Community Investment Act.

YearAcresDollars
2015 282.7 $4,753,716
2014 248.3 $2,768,750
2013 1,112.1 $3,346,150
2012 322.4 $1,905,478
2011 558.1 $6,745,600
2010 520.4 $3,617,086
2009 83.8 $29,742
2008 254.5 $9,603,935
2007 353.8 $8,971,948
2006 129.2 $5,417,423
2005 222.2 $6,437,392
2004 32.5 $4,427,610
2003 62.2 $247,500
2002 1,279.4 $13,020,506
2001 465.9 $15,342,150
2000 989.5 $13,806,720
1999 49.0 $8,387,114
1998 0.0 $4,437,208
Total6,965.9 $113,266,029

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.