RCP Stats

Coordinator: Markelle Smith, The Nature Conservancy

Contact Info: markelle_smith@tnc.org

Year started: 2005

Mission Statement:  
“To cultivate and sustain a healthy Connecticut River watershed for all. We are a thriving network of public and private organizations and individuals whose collective efforts forge mutually beneficial partnerships. We strengthen the health of the Connecticut River watershed and its communities through conservation, restoration, research, engagement, advocacy, and recreation.”

General Location: CT River Watershed; in NH, VT, MA, and CT

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 7,211,182

Acres Conserved by Partnership: 2441

Number of Partners: ~70

RCP Status: Conserving

Steps Taken in Forming Partnership:

  • Draft a vision, mission statement, goals, and/or objectives
  • Develop a governance structure
  • Develop an RCP website
  • Engage state agencies, federal agencies, and/or philanthropic organizations
  • Craft a compelling case statement

Funding sources:

  • Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP)

Website:  https://www.friendsofconte.org/

Social Media: Facebook; Instagram

RCP Activities


  • Community engagement
  • Administering internal grants
  • Advocacy for federal funding, especially Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • Pilot Projects leveraging federal funds

Current Activities:

  • Land protection (6,500 acres added to Refuge)
  • Stewardship
  • Recreation
  • Education
  • Convening partners
  • Conservation planning
  • Outreach
  • Advocacy

Current Project Highlights:

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Advocacy for land acquisition
  • Expansion of a river trail
  • Multi-partner grant development