May 2, 2016
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View our 2016 Land Conservation Lobby Day Photo Album HERE.
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Executive Director's Message
A message worth repeating

The following is an excerpt of the message I shared with 2016 CT Land Conservation Lobby Day (4/20) participants:  

In the 6 years since I have been with CLCC, what I have found - consistently - is that you are passionate, incredibly hard working and totally committed to doing whatever it takes to succeed in accomplishing your community's conservation goals.

Doing deals, protecting the land, running a land trust, volunteering for your local conservation commission - you are doing it all! 

Today is a day to celebrate your hard work and be proud of the legacy that you are creating for the benefit of future generations.

But today is also a day to recognize the significant challenges we face not only as a conservation community but across all sectors of government.  

Your voice is needed now perhaps like never before. 

Today is a day to send a strong message that land conservation is not a luxury we can live without. Rather land conservation is a daily necessity - providing essential benefits to the quality of life for current and future generations. Fresh air, clean water, wildlife, education, recreation, community, culture, strong economies - all benefits of land conservation worth investing in and protecting.

Over the course of the next three days, please continue to make contact with your legislators and urge them to support land conservation funding and approve Senate Joint Resolution 36 to better protect our public lands through a Constitutional Amendment.

It is a message worth repeating.

With  appreciation for all you do -
Amy 
CLCC News
2016 Land Conservation Priorities Updates

The 2016 legislative session ends at midnight on May 4th.  We will continue to keep you apprised of updates on legislation and budget items that impact conservation, as well as of opportunities for you to help. An update on our conservation priorities as of 4/29/16, including a SJ36 fact sheet (prepared by the CT Forest & Park Association) on why we need a Constitutional Amendment to better protect our public lands, are available HERE.  You can also find regular updates on our Facebook page.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy at abpaterson@ctconservation.org.
We Want Your Photos!

CLCC is in the process of updating photos on our website and would be delighted to showcase photos of your favorite conserved properties from around the state. Please include location and/or name of property and submit all photos via email in JPEG form to chayden@ctconservation.org. All captions for photos will include credit to the photographer.
UConn CLEAR GPS Smartphone Training - Granby - June 3
Offered in partnership with CLCC
 
Using Smartphone GPS  for Monitoring and Mapping Land Trust Holdings 

June 3 - Granby - 9:30am - 4:00pm
Link to more information and registration HERE.
 
Offered as part of our regional Smartphone GPS series taught by faculty from the UCONN Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)Geospatial Training Program, this one-day introductory training will cover the basics of using a iOS or Android phone or tablet to collect field GPS data for improved conservation easement monitoring and enforcement. Course participants will be taught how to collect field data using personal mobile devices and upload GPS data to interactive online maps that can be saved, shared and embedded on land trust websites.  
State News
Kinder Morgan Suspends Gas Pipeline Project
Article Shared by Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound

On April 20, Kinder Morgan Inc. (KM) announced that it was cancelling a controversial natural gas pipeline through New England, saying it couldn't get enough customers to sign up for the project.The $3.3 billion Northeast Energy Direct pipeline was originally planned to connect KM's Tennessee Gas system to utility companies and power generators in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. The  full article summarizing the project cancellation is  HERE .  CLCC joined environmental organizations and citizens from around the state in opposing the construction of the pipeline, which would have cut through highly protected Class I and II watershed land as well as a Wintonbury Land Trust preserve in Bloomfield.  C LCC's comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are HERE.   Rivers Alliance has an excellent webpage devoted to the proposed project HERE.
Photo Credit: CT DEEP
Y our Help Needed for Breeding Bird Atlas 
From CT DEEP and UConn

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the University of Connecticut (UConn) are initiating a Breeding Bird Atlas project. With the revision of the State Wildlife Action Plan, it is critical to bring an updated understanding of the state's bird populations. For more info, contact Min Huang at Min.Huang@ct.gov
Federal News
S enate Passes Permanent Authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund 
From Land Trust Alliance

The Senate overwhelmingly passed the energy bill ( S.2012) by a vote of 85-12, thereby passing for the first-time permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). (Learn more about LWCF HERE).  The energy bill contains items of importance to land trusts and conservation funding, such as permanent authorization of LWCF and guarantee of minimum annual allocation of funds to be spent ensuring recreational access on public lands. Read more HERE and be sure to thank Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and for their vote.
Funding Opportunities
U SDA FY2017 Regional Conservation Partnership Program
From USDA NRCS

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting proposals for FY 2017 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funding. Up to $260 million is available for partner proposals to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability. For more information, visit the RCPP website
Pre-proposals are due May 10.  
N FWF Accepting New England Forests and Rivers Fund Proposals
From The National Fish and Wildlife

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is accepting proposals for projects under the New England Forests and Rivers Fund. The Fund is dedicated to restoring and sustaining healthy forests and rivers throughout New England. The full RFP can be found HERE. Proposals are due May 19, 2016. 
Land Trust Resources
Online Networking Launched for RCPs  
From Regional Conservation Partnership Network

The Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network and partners have designed a new networking site RCPNetwork.org. Keep up with new opportunities and approaches to large landscape conservation and stewardship tailored to New England, eastern New York and beyond. Current discussions include wildlife habitat connections, a region-wide media campaign and new SWOT analysis. A webinar will be scheduled in the coming weeks to go over the site's features. 
Photo credit:  Bill Labich
O sprey Platform Available 
From Darien Land Trust

The Darien Land Trust has two beautifully constructed osprey platforms that are available to any coastal conservancy group that could use them. Contact Shirley R. Nichols, Executive Director, Darien Land Trust at shirleynichols@darienlandtrust.org or 203-655-4148. 
Photo Credit: CFT
Assistance Provided for Farmland Preservation Projects
From Connecticut Farmland Trust

Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) wants to assist land trusts navigate the complexity of farmland preservation projects. Working with land trust staff and volunteers, CFT staff will review proposed agriculture easements and building envelopes, recommend knowledgeable attorneys and surveyors, explain federal and state farmland grant programs, and answer frequently asked questions. To be considered for the program, submit an application HERE to CFT by June 1, 2016. For additional info, click HERE or contact Danielle Breakell at dbreakell@ctfarmland.org or 860-247-0202 ext. 223. 
In vestment Management for Your Nonprofit 
From Meritam Investment Advisors

What are the major pitfalls investment management for nonprofits? What are the important things to know and get right? Join this webinar on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1pm ET. The objective of this workshop is to explain how nonprofits can take a proactive role with their organizers' financial assets, the most important things to focus on, and tips to get started. Target audience includes Executive Directors, Finance Directors & Staff and Board Members. Find more info HERE. 
Conservation Job and Volunteer Opportunities
Events Manager - Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound
Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE)/Save the Sound is seeking to fill a seasonal position as Events Manager. This is a full-time position in the New Haven office. The Events Manager will work closely with the development, program and communications staff as well as volunteers and members of the CFE Board of Directors to plan, execute and follow up on a broad variety of fundraising/friendraising events. Click  HERE for the full job description. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Valerie at vwormely-radford@ctenvironment.org by COB May 7.     
E ducation Director - Connecticut Forest & Park Association
CFPA is seeing full-time and part-time applicants for an Education Director. The Education Director is responsible for implementing CFPA's education programs and the education components of Today's Land, Tomorrow's Legacy (CFPA's strategic plan for 2015-2020). Please submit resume and cover letter in one .pdf document via email to ehammerling@ctwoodlands.org with the subject line "Education Position." No phone inquiries. Read the full description
HERE.
Other News
C all for Nominations for Middlesex County Local Leaders, Local Legends Honorees 
From the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

Nominate an individual, organization or business that should be recognized and thanked, as part of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County's (CFMC) Local Leaders and Local Legends recognition program. Now it's time to honor those right in our back yard who make a difference. Please limit nominations to no more than one in each category and no more than three in total. For more information, contact Thayer Talbott at thayer@middlesexcountycf.org. Submit nomination forms no later than May 15, 2016.
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. 

We Count on Your Support!  
Connecticut Land Conservation Council
Steering Committee and Staff
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 ); Tom ODell ( CT Association of Conservation and Inland Wetland Commissions ); 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 
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