Connecticut Land Conservation Council
 

April 29, 2015

In This Issue
Executive Director's Message
State Budget Update
LT Record Keeping Project
State Park News
Federal News
Grant Opportunities
Land Trust Resources
CT Land Trusts in the News
Trainings & Workshops
Upcoming Events
Job Opps
Please support CLCC!

 

About CLCC    

The mission of the CT Land Conservation Council is  to advocate for land preservation, stewardship and funding, and ensure the long term strength and viability of the land conservation community.

 

To learn more about CLCC, please go to our website:
www.ctconservation.org

Steering Committee

Alicia Sullivan, Chair

Trust for Public Land

Catherine Rawson, 

Vice Chair

Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust

Tim Abbott

Litchfield Hills Greenprint

David Bingham

Salem Land Trust

Sandy Breslin

Audubon Connecticut

David Brown

Middlesex Land Trust

Margot Burns

Lower CT River Council of Governments

Kevin Case

Land Trust Alliance

Eric Hammerling

Connecticut Forest & Park Association  

Michael Hveem

Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust

Elaine LaBella 

Housatonic Valley Association 

Connie Manes

Kent Land Trust  

Elisabeth Moore

Connecticut Farmland Trust

Shirley Nichols

Darien Land Trust  

Tom ODell

CT Association of Conservation & Inland Wetland Commissions

David Sutherland 

The Nature Conservancy

Humphrey Tyler

Lyme Land Conservation Trust 

 

Staff

Amy B. Paterson

Executive Director

 

Cristina Gastador

Communications Coordinator

  

  

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
 

  

  

Executive Director's Message
"Capitol"- izing on Earth Day 

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council was well represented at the Capitol on Earth Day this year, taking advantage of opportunities to spread the message to lawmakers that conservation matters now and for future generations.  

Which Capitol?  Both of them!

At the State Capitol, CLCC Steering Committee members Sandy Breslin ( Audubon CT), Eric Hammerling ( Connecticut Forest & Park Association), and David Bingham ( Salem Land Trust) attended an Earth Day Celebration organized by Environment Committee Co-Chairs James Albis and Ted Kennedy, Jr.  Lawmakers from both parties were joined by advocates to voice their support for pro-environment legislation and for funding for state parks and open space.  

Also in attendance were Bird Ambassadors Atka, a juvenile Bald Eagle and Athena, a Peregrine Falcon -- provided courtesy of Audubon CT through Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center. Once on the brink of being wiped out as a result of pesticide overuse, both species are making a comeback and are now found nesting in Hartford. 

Meanwhile, inside the Beltway, Connecticut's land conservation community was in the capable hands of CLCC Steering Committee members Tim Abbott ( HVA/Litchfield Hills Greenprint), Connie Manes ( Kent Land Trust) and Humphrey Tyler ( Lyme Land Conservation Trust), along with Nick Moore ( Connecticut Farmland Trust) (shown here with Senator Chris Murphy).  "Team Connecticut" traveled to DC to meet with members of CT's Congressional Delegation as part of Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Day, advocating in support of the enhanced conservation easement tax incentive bill (S.330) and federal conservation funding programs. 

Like you, CLCC works hard every day to make sure that the message of Earth Day is heard all year round.

With warmest regards,
Amy 

Earth Day Celebration photos courtesy of Audubon Connecticut 
Advocacy Day photos courtesy of Connie Manes
State Budget Update
Detailed update to follow later this week

The Appropriations Committee passed its proposed Biennial Budget on Monday, which now moves on to the House for a vote.   The good news for conservation and environmental protection includes proposed restoration in whole or in part of funding for DEEP positions, State Parks, the Council on Environmental Quality, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

To review the full Appropriations Committee Budget, click HERE

The Republican Budget, announced last Thursday, proposes the full restoration of the Community Investment Act (CIA) and State Parks funding. View a summary HERE.  The CT Mirror provides a handy Budget Tracker with comparisons of the spending proposals.

Waiting for news on the Community Investment Act
We'll know more about the status of the CIA after the Finance Committee passes a revenue package, perhaps later today, which will then be sent on to the Senate.  Stay tuned for a full budget update later this week.
 
Join us for CIA Day on May 13
Meanwhile - SAVE THE DATE for CIA DAY - May 13, 1-4pm, Legislative Office Building.  Details forthcoming in this week's detailed budget update.
CLCC News - Request for LOI

CT Land Trust Record Keeping Project - Request for LOI 

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council in partnership with the Land Trust Alliance is seeking letters of interest from land trusts interested in participating in the CT Record Keeping Project. This project aims to address the backlog of land trust's records management needs and assist land trusts in adopting sound records management policies and procedures. Land Trusts will be selected to work with an experienced contractor and an intern to organize and scan fee land and easement property records and certain organizational records during 2015.

Click HERE for more information about the project and how to submit a letter of interest by June 1.

  

CT Record Keeping Project - Intern Needed

The  Connecticut Land Conservation Council in partnership with the Land Trust Alliance is seeking an intern to work on the CT Record Keeping Project. Interested applicants should be available to work 10-15 hours per week from June to November. Click HERE for more information and details on submitting an application. 

State Park News
 
Input Requested for Seaside Master Plan 
From CT DEEP

Last month, the state planning team and their design partners held a public information session in Waterford to present the initial public survey findings and outline three concepts developed as a result of the survey feedback:  a Destination Park, an Ecological Park and a Passive Park.
Please take a few minutes to review the concepts presentation Seaside master plan. Then take the NEW survey to provide your feedback to the planning team. For questions, contact Susan K. Whalen, Deputy Commissioner, at 860-424-3005 or Susan.Whalen@ct.gov.   
 

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New State Park Scenic Reserve in Bloomfield

From the State of Connecticut

  

Auerfarm Logo Courtesy of Auerfarm.org

DEEP has acquired approximately 40-acres of land in Bloomfield that will be preserved for public open space. The Auerfarm State Park Scenic Reserve

includes grasslands, historic apple orchards, and woodlands habitat for a variety of wildlife, as well as scenic views and opportunities for passive recreation. To ensure the permanent protection of the land, the family granted a conservation easement to the Connecticut Forest & Park Association prior to donating the land to the state.  Click HERE to read the full press release. 

Federal News 
 
CT Senators Among Co-Sponsors of S. 330 
From The Land Trust Alliance

Connecticut Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal are among ten co-sponsors of S. 330, the legislation to renew and make permanent the enhanced deduction for conservation easement donations. Please be sure to thank them (click on their names for contact info). The sooner the Senate acts, the greater chance we have of affecting conservation this year. 

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Land and Water Conservation Fund Call to Action

From the LWCF Coalition

 

Stewart B. McKinney  Natl. Wildlife Refuge funded by LWCF 

For 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has provided critical funding for land and water conservation projects, outdoor recreation and preservation of our nation's historic, cultural and iconic landmarks. LWCF is paid for with a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling -- not taxpayer dollars.  Click HERE to learn more and HERE to see how LWCF has benefited Connecticut. 

 

LWCF's authorizing legislation expires in September of 2015. Please act now to support LWCF's reauthorization by Congress by signing on to a statement issued by the LWCF Coalition HERE.   

Photo courtesy of connecticutliving.net

 

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USDA Extends Comment Period for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Interim Rule  
From USDA-NRCS

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will extend the deadline to provide public comment on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program's (ACEP) interim rule until May 28, 2015.  The official notice of the proposed ACEP interim rule can be found in the Federal Register. Instructions for submitting comments  during the 30-day extended comment period can be found HERE .  
Grant Opportunities
 
NRCS to Provide Funds to Protect and Restore Agricultural Working Lands, Grasslands, and Wetlands 
From USDA-NRCS

The USDA-NRCS is making available up to $3.1 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) to help Connecticut productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect critical wetlands and grasslands.  ACEP applications may be submitted to NRCS any time; however, applications for the current funding round must be submitted by May 15, 2015.  Learn more HERE.
 

Photo courtesy of NRCS CT


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CIRCA Matching Funds Program
From Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA)

Courtesy of CIRCA website
CIRCA is offering up to $100,000 
through i ts  Matching Funds Program  for projects that will assist CT towns, NGOs and other entities adapt to a changing climate and enhance the resilience of their infrastructure.  

Address your questions  to  CIRCA_matchingfunds@uconn.edu . Matching Fund request forms can be found HERE . Matching Funds requests will be accepted on a rolling basis. Requests will be acted upon every two months.
Land Trust Resources 
  
 
Partner Your Land Trust to Mentor Students 
From UConn's Natural Resources Conservation Academy

UConn's Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) is an exciting program that has successfully partnered with a number of CT land trusts to mentor high school students on conservation-based projects that have been beneficial to the student, their local community, and the land trust.  To learn more about the NRCA program, community projects, and successful community partnership, please visit our website or contact NRCA program coordinator Dr. Laura Cisneros at 860-486-4917 or email at nrca@uconn.edu.

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Salt Marsh Advancement Assessment Now Available

From The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

 

After developing a salt marsh advancement model with UCONN, TNC's Coastal Resilience Team in Connecticut has just finished a Salt Marsh Advancement Zone Assessment for all 24 CT coastal municipalities, providing detailed, parcel-scale data covering where and how much salt marsh advancement occurs on existing open space and unprotected parcels.

  

The Program seeks to help add more specificity to the overall goal of building community resilience along CT's coast (see blog for further detail - "How Resilient Coastlines Build Safer Communities"). To access the Salt Marsh Advancement Zone Assessments for your community please click HERE and scroll down. Hard copies of these reports are available via email requests from Adam Whelchel at awhelchel@tnc.org.  

CT Land Trusts in the News

Land Trust Earns Continued National Recognition
From The Salem Land Trust

The Salem Land Trust has achieved renewed land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. Originally earned in 2009, the Salem Land Trust was then the first land trust in Connecticut, and the second all-volunteer land trust nationwide, to earn this status. "This achievement demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community," said Linda Schroeder, SLT President. The Salem Land Trust is one of the first land trusts to renew their accreditation, a significant achievement for the land trust and significant major milestone for the accreditation program.  
Trainings & Workshops

TONIGHT! 
Lockwood Lecture: The Natural History Gap and the Citizen 
From CT Agricultural Experiment Station

Join Sam Droege from the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Geologic Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior for a lecture: The Natural History Gap and the Citizen - A practical guide to what works and what does not in Citizen Science projects

When :  Wednesday, April 29
Time:  10:30am - tea, 11:00am - lecture
Where:  CT Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT.  More information is HERE.

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Larry Weaner Lecture at Yale Peabody Museum 
From The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History



When :  Friday, May 8
Time:  5:30pm
Where: Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven    Admission is free. 
More information is HERE .


Photo courtesy of Yale Peabody Museum
Events
  
Riverfront Festival in Middletown 
From Wesleyan University

Save the date for a FREE event on Saturday, May 9 at the Harbor Park beside the Connecticut River in Middletown.  Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter, will feature live music, visual art installations, plein air painters, a kids' activity zone, environmental education exhibits, as well as a craft fair and farmer's market - all designed to bring you closer to the rich culture, history, and science of the Connecticut River.  Click HERE for a full list of activities. For more information or to get involved, contact Erin Roos-Brown at 860-685-5925 or eroosbrown@wesleyan.edu.
Job Opportunities

Weantinoge Land Trust Seeks Full-Time Conservation Easement Manager
Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust is hiring a full-time Conservation Easement Manager.  Weantinoge is the largest land trust in Connecticut:  over our 50-year history, we have permanently protected more than 9,000 acres in 17 communities throughout the northwest corner.  To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 page writing sample to Paul Elconin, Director of Land Conservation by email to paul@weantinoge.org (preferred). Applications accepted until May 15, 2015.  Read the full announcement HERE.
 
Position Open in New Hampshire for Conservation Easement Steward 
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests seeks a self-motivated individual for the position of Conservation Easement Steward. This is a full time temporary position (for 1 year) based at the Conservation Center in Concord, NH.  A copy of the full job description is available HERE. Applications are due Wednesday, May 20, 2015.  Please mail resume and cover letter to Reagan Bissonnette, Director of of Easement Stewardship, to rbissonnette@forestsociety.org.  No telephone or email inquiries, please.

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Contact Information 
 
Amy B. Paterson, Executive Director
CT Land Conservation Council
c/o CFPA
16 Meriden Road
Rockfall, CT  06481
860-685 -0785


 
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