PCLB believes that conservation of open space and farmland is beneficial to people’s physical and mental health, food security, and orderly community growth patterns. For this reason, PCLB makes grants to land conservation organizations that preserve open space and promote smart growth in New York’s Hudson Valley region, and to a more limited extent in Connecticut. PCLB supports organizations that have considerable expertise and capacity; work collaboratively with partners to preserve, connect, and manage open space and productive farmland; practice smart approaches to community development; and help build a stronger land conservation community through advocacy and training.
Building Enduring Land Trusts
PCLB recognizes the challenges that land conservation groups endure to sustainably manage protected land. It therefore offers an opportunity to those land trusts willing to merge with others to form effective, lasting partnerships in Connecticut and New York. Support is offered to encourage land trusts to both explore merger and to advance an active merger process by covering costs such as consulting and legal fees, accounting needs, and other costs associated with completing a merger.