Through training, technical assistance, workshops and events, CLN’s expertise has served more than 3,500 communities across the country and has distributed more than $3.6 million in grants and community services.

We’ve also developed national and regional programs like Balancing Nature and Commerce, which helps rural communities like Rockbridge County, Virginia, capitalize on the economic opportunities of their natural assets and their locations as gateways to our great American parks, forests and other public and private lands. Rockbridge leaders created an action plan that sustainably supports more than 100,000 acres of public land and builds an outdoor recreational economy, generating jobs and small businesses, as well as increasing visitor spending in local communities. Our Balancing Nature and Commerce programs were utilized in more than 150 communities in 2018 alone.

In 2018, we celebrated two decades of success at CLN – and it was a banner year. We served more than 350 communities, far surpassing our annual average of 179 communities, and we more than doubled the average number of grant recipients this year.

We’re proud to be the catalyst for such innovative conservation, and we’re excited to see what the next 20 years brings.

“Taking six folks with diverse backgrounds and community goals to a workshop hundreds of miles away seemed like risky business.  We were, however, inspired by workshop presenters as well as the other attending communities and from that adventure have been able to create partnerships and collaborations that are producing tangible results and excitement in our region.  I am forever grateful for the opportunity.”

                                                            - Jean Clark, Director of Tourism, Lexington & the Rockbridge Area Tourism