Formed in 1960, the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has a long history of conservation achievement requiring the care and stewardship of multiple ownerships, easements, and ongoing commitments. Through these efforts the Chapter has protected more than 50,000 Connecticut acres, maintains 60 local nature preserves, and has a membership of about 24,000 households. It has a volunteer Board of Trustees, a staff of 28, and total chapter expenditures of $9.9 million in FY09 (which included an operating budget of $5.2 million). The two primary conservation targets are:
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