June 1, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE...
UPCOMING EVENTS
June 4 & 10
Chainsaw Basics for Women
Haddam, CT

June 6-7
CT Trails Weekend
Statewide

June 19
CLCC Model CE Workshop
The Nuts & Bolts of Conservation Easements
9:30am - 1:00pm
Rockfall, CT
June 25
Accreditation Roundtable
Already There! An Advanced Discussion for Accredited Land Trusts
Info coming soon
May Photo Sampler
Connect With Us
Executive Director's Message
What do trout & hawks have in common?

On a picture perfect Saturday early last month, I attended two land trust events.

In the morning I joined over 300+ runners in the Colchester Land Trust's 9th annual 5.5 mile Salmon River Run. Starting at the historic Comstock Covered Bridge, we were treated to varied terrain and scenic views along the historic Airline Trail, a portion of which was conserved by the land trust. Located within the 96,000-acre Salmon River Watershed, the banks of the river were lined with anglers taking advantage of the area's excellent trout fishing and designated fly fishing area.

Later I participated in the  Wintonbury Land Trust  and town of Bloomfield celebration of the Hawk Hill Farm conservation project. Twenty-three acres of prime farmland, part of a 250-acre agricultural and wildlife corridor, valuable wetlands and flood plain habitat, and an opportunity to complete critical trail linkages from the town's urban center to Pennwood State Park -- this land has it all! And yes, hawks frequent the land's grassland habitat.

So what's the common link?

These events took place on lands conserved in part with funds from the Community Investment Act (CIA), an invaluable source of dedicated revenue for community projects for open space conservation, farmland/dairy support, historic preservation and affordable housing.  

The other link? These events were made possible by two all-volunteer land trusts doing what they do best: pouring their time and energy into connecting people to nature, to their communities and to each other.

We are so incredibly fortunate in Connecticut to not only have a source of funding to invest in the projects that define and enhance our communities, but also to have volunteers that are passionate about doing whatever it takes to bring these projects to fruition.

Thank you for all you do -- for all of us! 

With warmest regards,
Amy
 
PS:   State Policy Update:  A budget deal was reached at the Capitol early Sunday (May 31) morning. The Revenue and Spending package will be combined into one bill which will start in the House today. The General Assembly will adjourn the 2015 session on Wednesday, June 3rd at midnight. We'll keep you posted on the fate of the CIA and other issues for which we have been advocating this session. Please contact me anytime at abpaterson@ctconservation.org if you have any questions.  
CLCC News
Yale FES Grad Students Create Conservation Primers for CLCC 

  As part of the 2015 Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies' course on Strategies for Land Conservation, recent graduates, Rachel Plawecki and Tony Mecum, developed two conservation primers for CLCC. The landowner primer project was the subject of an interview by Patrick Skahill on WNPR. Listen to the full interview HERE.

Copies of "Protecting the Land You Love", a guide for landowners looking to conserve their property, and  "Land Conservation in Connecticut:  A Primer" , a one page fact sheet about conservation in Connecticut, are available for download on the CLCC website.

Interested in hosting a workshop for landowners on conservation options? Contact us!  We can help!
CLCC and Guilford Land Conservation Trust Talk About CT Land Trusts on WNPR "Where We Live"

Late last month, CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson was interviewed on WNPR's series "Where We Live".   "This Land (Trust) Was Made for You and Me" features Paterson along with Bill Bloss from the Guilford Land Conservtation Trust , Marcia Caton-Campbell from the Center for Resilient Cities , and Joanne Sheehan from Voluntown Peace Trust Listen to the full interview HERE
CLCCJune Workshop on Conservation Easements
Calendar of 2015 Training & Education Events Now Available

CLCC Model Conservation Easement 
2015 Training Series Session 1:
The Nuts and Bolts of Conservation Easements
 
Date: Friday, June 19
Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm
Location: CFPA, 16 Meriden Rd., Rockfall, CT
Instructor: Atty. Linda Francois, with members of the CLCC Model CE Working Group
Cost: Free for CLCC members; $25 for non-members (lunch provided)
Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate (but all are welcome)

REGISTRATION AND FURTHER DETAILS HERE

Back by popular demand, this workshop, also known as "Everything you wanted to know about conservation easements, but were afraid to ask"  ... is intended to provide an overview of conservation easements in Connecticut, add more detailed information about the conservation easement process using CLCC's Model Conservation Easement and associated commentary as a guide, and allow plenty of opportunity for questions and answers. 

For further information contact CLCC ED Amy B. Paterson at abpaterson@ctconservation.org.  

CLCC's Model Conservation Easement Project was made possible through the generosity of the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation.

 2015 Calendar of CLCC training and education events is HERE.  
State News
Completion of the CT Wildlife Action Plan is in Sight
From TCI TeamTerwilliger Consulting, Inc.

Brand new drafts of ALL the Chapters are now available on the website. We encourage you to review and comment on what we have posted as soon as possible. Two FINAL Public PowerPoint presentations by Julie Victoria about CT's Wildlife Action Plan are scheduled for the following dates:
June 10 (Wednesday), 7:00 pm at the Seabury Community, 200 Seabury Dr., Bloomfield for the Wintonbury Land Trust annual meeting.
June 11 (Thursday), 7:30 pm at Westmoore Park, 119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford for the Sierra Club annual meeting. 
Federal News
Canton Land Conservation Trust Hosts Senator Chris Murphy

The Canton Land Conservation Trust hosted a visit with Senator Chris Murphy on May 26 at the Roaring Brook Nature Center.  Senator Murphy covered everything from updates on the Conservation Easement Incentive Act (S330), to the challenges to conservation funding from budget caps, to his work on bringing uniformity to IRS regulations governing deductions for donations of conservation easements.  Following a Q&A session with a land trust members, we visited one of CLCT's nature preserves, just across the street.
Interested in hosting an event for a State or Federal Legislator?  Contact us!  We can help!

$235 Million Made Available for Innovative New Conservation Partnerships
From USDA -NRCS
Photo Credit: USDA-NRCS 
 
USDA Secretary Vilsack announced that $235 million in funding is available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) for FY2016. Land trusts can use funding from programs, like the Agricultural conservation Easement Program (ACEP) , using RCPP funding if combined with other programs into a winning RCPP proposal. New project pre-proposals are due on July 8. For more information about the program and how to apply, click HERE .
Land Trust Resources
Photo Credit: UConn Master
Gardeners Program

Lily Leaf Beetle Biological Control Study
From UConn Master Gardeners Program

Land trusts: do you have any stands of native lilies (e.g. Canada lily, wood lily, Turk's cap lily) on your preserves that are being attacked by the invasive lily leaf beetle? If one of your preserves has a minimum of 12 plants in the lily family and have lily leaf beetles feeding on them, we would like your help. We will be introducing two species of beneficial parasitic wasps in June and would like to collect lily leaf beetle larvae from June through August. Please contact Gail Reynolds (gail.reynolds@uconn.edu or 860-345-5234) if you have a preserve that meets the criteria and would like to participate in the research project. Click HERE for more info.  
Accreditation News:  Revised 2015 Requirements Manual Released 
From the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

We have been hard at work to implement our year-long program improvement plan, part of which was to revisit and substantially revise the accreditation requirements. Well, we did it with the release of the 2015 Requirements Manual! Compared to the 2014 edition, the 2015 Requirements Manual is a leaner document with about 30% fewer requirements and one-third fewer pages. Interested in learning more about the revisions and what the changes mean to you? The informational webinar has been recorded and is available HERE
Funding Opportunities
Photo Credit: National Park Service
Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program - Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Projects
From the National Park Service

The National Park Service helps communities create close-to-home recreation opportunities and conserve natural resources. Our Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program is accepting applications through August 1 for help with a wide range of community-led projects. Can we help your community? Find out by first reviewing the application process and exploring current projects in your state. Then call or email a National Park Service staff member near you to discuss your idea, and let them know by July 15 if you intend to submit an application by the August 1 due date.

Do you still need help deciding whether the National Park Service might help you and your community? Check out this short video
Upcoming Events
Photo Credit: Friends of Goodwin Forest
Connecticut Trails Weekend
From the CT Forest & Park Association (CFPA)

Dust off your hiking shoes and get ready to have some fun!   Join CFPA for the largest National Trails Day? celebration in the nation.  There's something for everyone-hikes,educational walks, trail runs, bike rides, horseback rides, water trail paddles, letterboxing, trail work parties and more.   How will you be spending the first weekend in June?  Click HERE to start planning!

2015 Goodwin Forest Trail Run
5K or 30K Run or Walk
Date: Sunday, June 7 at 9:00 am
Location: Goodwin Forest & Conservation Center, Hampton
Entry Fee (non-refundable): $22
"Geezers" (ages 50+): $17
Click HERE for more information.
Photo Credit: CFPA
CFPA Forestry Tour
From CFPA

Date: August 3-5
Location: Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center in Litchfield & field trips to forests in CT's NW area
Fee: $250 (includes 2 night stay, 7 meals, field trip transportation & 3-day programming)
Audience: Private landowners & land trusts

This exciting 3-day program provides a hands-on opportunity for landowners and land trust property stewards to re-imagine the use of their woodlands. 

Click HERE for more information or c ontact Lindsay Suhr at lsuhr@ctwoodlands.org .

Chainsaw Basics for Women, Part 1: Safety & Maintenance

Date: Thursday, June 4,
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Middlesex County Extension Center, 1066 Saybrook Road, Haddam

In this class you will learn about the parts of the chainsaw, personal protective equipment (PPE), the all-important safety check, routine maintenance, and how to properly file the saw.

Class size is limited to 10 students. Click HERE for more information and registration details.



Chainsaw Basics for Women, Part 2: How to Safely Fell a Small Tree

Date: Sunday, June 14,
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Middlesex County Extension Center, 1066 Saybrook Road, Haddam

The main points covered in class 1 will be reviewed first, then we'll head into the woods for a lesson in proper felling techniques. Topics covered will include planning before you cut, the must-do safety check, and directional felling. This class is only open to students from Chainsaw Basics, Part 1.

Click HERE for more information and registration details.

Both sessions are offered by the Extension Forestry Program, UCONN College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources as part of a year-long series of workshops for forest landowners and nature lovers.  
The Connecticut Land Conservation Council's mission is to advocate for land preservation, stewardship and funding, and ensure the long term strength and viability of the land conservation community. 

Connecticut Land Conservation Council
Steering Committee and Staff
Alicia Sullivan, Chair (Trust for Public Land); Catherin 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 Connecticut River Valley); Kevin Case (Land Trust Alliance); Eric Hammerling (CT Forest & Park Association); Michael Hveem (Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust); Elaine Labella (Housatonic Valley Association); Connie Manes (Kent Land Trust); Elisabeth Moore (CT Farmland Trust); Shirley Nichols (Darien Land Trust); Tom Odell (CT Association of Conservation and Inland Wetland Commission); David Sutherland (The Nature Conservancy); Humphrey Tyler (Lyme Land Conservation Trust)

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director
Cristina Gastador Hayden, Communications Coordinator 
Connecticut Land Conservation Council | 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT  06481 | 860-685-0785
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