Center for Land Use Education and Research

The mission of the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) is to provide information, education and assistance to land use decision makers, in support of balancing growth and natural resource protection. To achieve this goal, CLEAR conducts remote sensing research, develops landscape analysis tools and training, and conducts outreach education programs.

CLEAR is a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Department of Extension, two units of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), and the Connecticut Sea Grant Program. CLEAR was founded in 2002, but is built on a 20-year track record of award-winning projects focused on the relationship of natural resource protection to land use planning and management. The common foundation of these efforts is the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) technologies to create cutting-edge information on our changing landscape, and the use of this information to develop innovative and effective outreach programs for land use decision makers. CLEAR continues to build upon these successes, underscoring CANR’s capabilities in the area of land use research and education, and providing a more cohesive institutional framework from which projects and staff can interact with existing and potential clients, colleagues, and partners.


  • CT NEMO: Educating land use decision-makers and community organizations about the impacts of land use on natural resources, particularly water resources.
  • National NEMO Network: A national network of NEMO programs that educate land use decision-makers and community organizations about the links between land use and natural resource protection.
  • Land Use Academy: Provides land use decision-makers the knowledge and skills needed to serve effectively on a land use board through a series of workshops.
  • Geospatial Training: Hands-on training courses for land use decision-makers to introduce new users to geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing technologies.
  • Forestry: Provides information and assistance to private land owners and local communities on how to better manage their forest lands.
  • LERIS: LERIS is the main research program of CLEAR, and the principal place at the University of Connecticut for conducting remote sensing and GIS research focused on natural resources, landscape characterization and change, and the interaction of the two.

Contact Center for Land Use Education and Research

University of Connecticut Extension Center
PO Box 70
1066 Saybrook Road
Haddam, Connecticut  06438
Phone: 860-345-4511


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Connecticut

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