The Connecticut Highlands region encompasses Appalachian hills and valleys extending throughout Litchfield county and beyond. Projects in the state are conserving important wildlife habitat, creating new outdoor recreational areas and protecting drinking water supplies for residents in and around Danbury, Goshen and West Simsbury to name a few, and it is in close proximity to the city of Hartford. The successes of the Highlands Conservation Act are the result of the hard work of multiple state and local partners, supported by a 50% funding match from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

State partners include:

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Click here for a complete list of HCA partners in Connecticut

Connecticut Highlands at a glance: 
Number of Completed ProjectsAcres ConservedTotal obligated funds


A pond reflects sunlight on the water. Wild grass, lily pads, and wildflowers surround the pond. Tall trees grow on the land in the distance across the pond.
The Highlands region spans 3.4 million acres across Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In an effort to conserve natural resources in this region, the Highlands Conservation Act was passed in 2004, founding the Highlands Conservation Act grant program. This grant program is among...