August 4, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE...
Mark your Calendars

September 14
Regional Land Trust Summit
Torrington

September 15 (Manchester)
September 22 (West Haven)
Exploring the Spectrum of Alt. Land Management Models

View CLCC's 2016 schedule and program details  HERE

Save the Date! 
33rd annual CT Land Conservation Conference 
March 18, 2017
Middletown
Connect With Us
Executive Director's Message
A Call to Action  

Last week we sent out a call to action to contact Governor Malloy and ask him to release bond funding for two critical DEEP open space programs (OSWA and RNHT).

Here's an excerpt from CLCC's letter to the Governor:

The OSWA program truly is the backbone of land conservation efforts in Connecticut. Rarely a day goes by without my fielding at least one question from a land trust or town regarding the OSWA program. These inquiries relate to pending or prospective conservation projects in every part of the state. 

The land conservation community is anxiously awaiting the announcement of the 2015 grant awards and is assembling their next projects in anticipation of the 2016 grant round.  When OSWA projects close, entire communities celebrate.

To those of you who sent your letters, THANK YOU! Your testimonials describing what these programs have meant for land conservation in your own communities are powerful and compelling.


If you have not had a chance to send a message to Governor Malloy, it's not too late! 

Indeed, when it comes to speaking up for open space, the only time it's too late is after it's gone.

Thank you for taking action and for all you continue to do to conserve, protect and forge connections with the landscapes that define our communities, build strong economies and enhance our quality of life. 

With warmest regards,
Amy

P.S. Please be sure to copy your state legislators and CLCC on your note to the Governor. Thank you!

Connecticut Land Trusts in the News
Prepare to be impressed!
Photo Credit:Granby Land Trust
Granby Land Trust and Local Partners Create the Granby Fresh Map
From Granby Land Trust

"Fresh Air. Fresh Food. Fresh Perspectives" 

Collaborative efforts among the Granby Land Trust, Granby Agricultural Commission and Granby Artists Association has led to the Granby Fresh Map -- a guide to some of Granby's hiking areas, farms and art studios where you can see nature's beauty reflected in art.  Copies are available HERE Gorgeous photos of many of the hiking areas featured on the map are found on the Granby Land Trust Facebook Page  too! 

Nice job, GLT!  
New Important Bird Areas include Land Trust Preserves
From News Times

At a celebration last month at Audubon Miles Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon, DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee announced the designation of two more Important Bird Areas in the state - a step taken in partnership with Audubon Connecticut to enhance efforts to protect CT's bird species. One of the areas encompasses over 22,000 acres of land including Macedonia Brook State Park, Skiff Mt., Marvelwood School and land preserved by the  Kent Land Trust, Sharon Land Trust and Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust. Read more  HERE.

Commissioner Klee taking in the view.
Photo Credit:  Amy B. Paterson

Photo Credit Annie Gentile, Hartford Courant
B
olton Land Trust Celebrates "Strawberries at Sunset" 
From Hartford Courant

"Picking luscious strawberries. Enjoying them doled over sweet, creamy ice cream. Spreading out on a blanket under a shady maple and listening to soothing music as the sun sets. It doesn't get much better than that."  
Last month, the Bolton Land Trust held its "Strawberries at Sunset" gathering, an annual social event where attendees are invited to pick strawberries at a local farm and enjoy the day surrounded by scenic views and local musicians. Read more HERE
CLCC News
CLCC Website Updates - June Program Handouts Now Available 
Materials from the following June programs are now available for download from our website:
Directory Cover Photo


Connecticut Land Trust Directory Now Available

The first edition of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council Land Trust Directory is now available. Click HERE to access the directory and download a copy for your local library.

Thank you to all land trusts and organizations who participated! If you have any questions or need to make changes, please contact Cristina Hayden at chayden@ctconservation.org.
State News
Anderson Farm in Portland
Photo Credit: USDA-NRCS
Portland Farmer Preserves Land for the Future

From USDA-NRCS

Good news for the town of Portland! Thanks to the work of Lucille Anderson of Anderson Farm and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), residents of Portland can celebrate the protection of 33 acres of farmland in the state. Through the agency's (former) Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP), Anderson worked with NRCS to have an easement placed on the 33-acre parcel that has been in the family for three generations. Read more HERE.

Funding Opportunities
Hosting a Community Event? Apply for Event Sponsorship Grant
From Connecticut Community Foundation

All nonprofits are eligible to apply for sponsorship grants from the Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) for events being held in their 21-town area. You may request up to $2,500 but grant awards are typically less than this maximum. Click HERE for more details. or contact Cynthia Merrick at cmerrick@conncf.org. Apply by August 19 for events being held after October 25.
Apply Now for 2016-2017 Competitive Grant Cycle
From The Community Foundation of Middlesex County

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is now accepting grant applications for the 2016-2017 Competitive Grant Cycle. Organizations considering applying to the Community Foundation are encouraged to review the Community Foundation's grant making priorities, focus and impact areas, and guidelines available HERE. Application materials can be found HEREApplications are due Thursday, September 15 at 4:00pm.
S eed and Grow Grants Available
From New England Grassroots Environmental Fund


The New England Grassroots Environment Fund offers two grants available for community-based environmental groups. Seed grants range from $250-$1,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Grow grants range from $1,000-$3,500. The next deadline to apply is September 15. Click HERE for more info.
Land Trust Resources
Photo Credit: CFPA
Participate in Coverts Project Seminar and Become a Coverts Cooperator
From CFPA

Join the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and participate in the Coverts Project Seminar - a three day training program in forest and wildlife management taking place at Great Mountain Forest. Click HERE to learn more.
Free Desktop ArcGIS Course Offered by Pace University
From Pace University

Pace University will offer a free 12-week Desktop ArcGIS course beginning on August 29, 2016 and ending before Thanksgiving. Click HERE for a course syllabus and FAQ. Contact instructor Peggy Minnis at MMinnis@Pace.edu or MMMinnis@aol.com if you have any questions. Enroll in the course HERE.

Apply for a Rally Scholarship
From Land Trust Alliance

 
Did you know: In 2015, the Land Trust Alliance awarded $98,000 in scholarships to 150 board members and staff of member land trusts (thanks to generous sponsors). Apply for a 2016 Rally scholarship by August 8 HERE.  
Watch "Creating New Funding" Ballot Measures Video
From Land Trust Alliance

"It's politics, but it's just people."
So says David Hartwell, a Minnesota Land Trust founding board member, about land trusts tackling ballot measures to fund conservation, in a new video produced by the Land Trust Alliance and the Trust for Public Land. If you are interested in having your land trust participate in a ballot measures campaign in your community or want to learn more, contact Andy McLeod at 202-559-4024.  And please keep us in the loop as well!
Free Database Tool for Nonprofits
From California Council of Governments

Salesforce, a leading database management and technology company, offers their database program to qualifying nonprofits for free (up to 10 licenses). Nonprofits can use this program to track donors, members, grants, volunteers and other resources. Click HERE for more info.  If you decide to pursue this program, please let us know what you think of it.
Your Input Needed
Standards & Practices Revisions - Your participation is needed!
From Land Trust Alliance

The Land Trust Alliance is leading a collaborative process to revise Land Trust Standards & Practices to reflect changes in the legal and operational environment of the land trust community over the past 10 years. For more information and to download the Standards & Practices Discussion Draft (the proposed revisions), click HERE . The community participation phase will run through approximately September 15.
Job Opportunities
Schoolyard Habitat Positions - Audubon Connecticut

Photo credit:  Audubon Connecticut
Schoolyard Habitat Coordinator 
Together with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and numerous partners, the Schoolyard Habitat Program Coordinator will be responsible for assisting schools across Connecticut and offering stewardship and education expertise to school, staff, teachers, parents and students. Click HERE for more info and to apply.  
 
Schoolyard Habitat Program Intern
The Program Intern will work closely with the Coordinator as well as the Bird-Friendly Communities Manager, Curriculum and Evaluation Consultant and others on developing sound program evaluation tools and strategies. Click HERE for more info and to apply.
Outreach Coordinator (Part-Time) - Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition

The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition seeks an experienced individual with a passion for land conservation to work as part-time outreach coordinator and help shape their communications strategy. This is a key role reporting directly to the executive director. Details available HERE.

Our 2016-17 Annual Membership Appeal is underway!
We Count on Your Support!
Connecticut Land Conservation Council
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 (Bethany Inland Wetlands Commission) David Brown ( Middlesex Land Trust ); Margot Burns ( Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments ); Kevin Case ( Land Trust Alliance ); Eric Hammerling ( CT Forest & Park Association ); Stewart Hudson (Audubon CT); Michael Hveem ( Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust ) ; Connie Manes ( Kent Land Trust ); Elisabeth Moore ( CT Farmland Trust ); Shirley Nichols ( Darien Land Trust ); David Sutherland ( The Nature Conservancy ); 
Chuck Toal (Colchester Land Trust); Humphrey Tyler (CT River Watershed Council

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director
Cristina Gastador Hayden, Communications Coordinator 
The Connecticut Land Conservation Council advocates for land conservation, stewardship and funding, and works to ensure the long term strength and viability of the land conservation community.
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