September 22, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE...
CLCC Events Calendar

September 25

Save the dates/Info coming:
October 15 & 29
OSWA Info Sessions
October 21
Regional Summit - Granby
October 22
Regional Summit - Mansfield
August Photo Sampler
Congress on your Hike
More HERE
Connect With Us
Executive Director's Message
Pretend you are in 4th grade
Early this past month, I happily accepted an invitation by Norwalk Land Trust President John Moeling to tour NLT's 16 acre Farm Creek Preserve. In preparation of our walk, John told me to wear comfortable shoes, long pants and sleeves and, most importantly, to pretend I was in 4th grade.

A diversity of habitats exist within the preserve, including wooded glens, open meadows, and a tidal estuary teeming with plant and animal life - making it an ideal outdoor classroom. Since 2010 several thousand 4th graders from Norwalk public schools have visited the preserve, with NLT providing an experiential component to the schools' science curriculum.

According to John, environmental responsibility is the core message delivered to the students experiencing the preserve's multiple habitats.

After exploring the historic stone barn that serves as an indoor classroom, we wandered the trails, with John quietly guiding me through various aspects of the curriculum as if I was one of his students.
The walk was fun, interesting and exciting - it's no wonder NLT's education program is so successful.

The biggest thrill for me? Watching the sand undulate from the hundreds of crabs exposed by the low tide. 
At that moment, I might as well have been back in the 4th grade!

Enjoy the wonders of nature this fall and always --

With warmest regards,
Amy

Photo of students at the Farm Creek Preserve courtesy of the Norwalk Land Trust.
CLCC News 
Save the Date!  2016 CT Land Conservation Conference

Saturday, March 19, 2016
8:30am - 4:45pm (followed by post-event reception)
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Preparations are underway for CLCC's annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference -- 
a full day of educational workshops and peer-to-peer networking for those interested in land conservation, followed by an informal reception with friends and colleagues from across the state.  
Coming soon:   Request for Proposals for workshops/seminars; Excellence in Conservation Award nominations; sponsorship opportunities; & more!

Interested in helping to plan the 2016 Conference?  Please contact CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson for information on opportunities to get involved. 
CLCC Training & Education 
This Friday! Space is limited!
Focus Group: FUNdraising Events & Community Programming

September 25, 2015
9:30am - 1:3opm
Connecticut Forest & Park Assn.
16 Meriden Rd., Rockfall, CT 06481

What are some of the creative programs that land trusts are using to enhance fundraising and community support? Are these events successful? Join us at our final Focus Group of 2015 for a frank and lively conservation with your peers about Land Trust FUNdraising Events and Community Programming. More information and registration is available HERE

Photo courtesy of Connecticut Farmland Trust
Coming in October:  Regional Summits, OSWA Info Sessions & More
Updated 2015 Calendar of CLCC programs  HERE  
CT Land Trusts in the News
Photo Courtesy of Rachel Murray
The Nature Conservancy and Sunny Valley Preserve: A Leading Advocate and Supporter of Local Farms
From UConn Extension

Connecticut's conservation community is at the forefront of reshaping the agricultural landscape throughout the region and increasing farmers' access to prime farmland. Through their Sunny Valley Preserve, The Nature Conservancy is also playing a vital role in helping a number of Litchfield County farmers gain critical access to farmland. Read the full article HERE.
State News
DEEP Announces New Round of Open Space & Community Garden Grants
Applications Now Available  Deadline  is February 2, 2016 
From CT DEEP
The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has announced the next round of competitive grant funding to assist municipalities, land conservation organizations and water companies with the purchase and preservation of open space lands, urban green space and community gardens through the state's Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program (OSWA).  For more information contact Dave Stygar at 860-424-3081 or Allyson Clarke at 860-424-3774.

Details and links to OSWA grant applications HERE
Learn more about all of DEEP's Open Space Programs  HERE
Save the date(s)!  
OSWA Info Sessions - 
October 15 and 29 - Details coming soon!

Photo courtesy of Kent Land Trust.  Credit:  Sallie Ketchum
Beeman Pond, part of the East Kent Hamlet Preserve, Kent Land Trust, funded in part by OSWA
 CT DEEP Duck Stamp Program & Art Competition
Purchase a CT Duck Stamp and Protect Our Cherished Wildlife Habitat
From CT DEEP

DEEP holds an annual art competition to determine the winning image for the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Program. Starting in the early 1990s, Duck Stamp funds have protected over 3,145 acres of critical wetlands; they may be purchased wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. More about the Program HERE.
 
CT Junior Duck Stamp Competition
From CT DEEP

Young CT artists have the opportunity to submit their artwork of a waterfowl species in the  CT Junior Duck Stamp  competition sponsored by the  CT Waterfowlers Association  (CWA). Questions and artwork should be submitted to CWA, c/o Chris Samor, 29 Bower Hill Rd., Oxford, CT 06487. Deadline is March 15, 2016.
More about the national  program  HERE .
Federal News
Silvio O.Conte Comprehensive Conservation Plan Draft Available for Public Comment
From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge draft conservation plan and environmental impact statement is now available for public review and comment. The Conte Refuge coveres more than 36,000 acres throughout the Connecticut River Watershed. The final plan will guide management of the refuge for the next 15 years. Public comment will be accepted through November 16, 2015. Instructions for submitting comments can be found HERE. Access the meetings schedule HERE
Land Trust Resources
CT Land Trust Listserv - Join the conversation!
Have you subscribed to the CT Land Trust ListServ? If not, you are missing out on some great conversations among members of the state's land trust community.   Visit the ListServ page HERE for more details on how to subscribe along with guidelines and general information.
Farmlink Interactive Database Matches Farmland Owners/Seekers 
From CT Department of Agriculture (DoAg)
DoAg has recently enhanced CT FarmLink, a farmland database website for farmers seeking farmland and farmland owners looking to sell or lease acreage to farmers.The website includes a detailed property listing, interactive property map and resource center. Farm owners and seekers must register by completing an application, available on the website. 
The FarmLink Program is funded exclusively through the Community Investment Act.
Free Legal Assistance Available from The Pro Bono Partnership  
The Pro Bono Partnership provides free legal assistance to nonprofit organizations that need help with business or transactional issues (i.e., not litigation), including those related to environmental or 
conservation work. Legal services are provided primarily through the volunteer efforts of local business attorneys who work in corporate legal departments or in local law firms. The Pro Bono  Partnership also helps with educational programs and operates a resource helpline. For more information visit their website HERE.
Meeting Space Available for Rent
From CT Audubon Society

The CT Audubon Society's Center in Glastonbury is seeking expressions of interest for the use of its space for events or classes that are in alignment with its mission. Partners wishing space for education uses, community meetings, or conservation efforts would be ideal. The site contains two classroom-sized spaces, parking for 40, and is centrally located. If interested, please contact Cindy Bartholomew at 860-633-8402 x 205, or email at cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org. Rental fee negotiable.  
Other Funding Opportunities
Grants Available to Municipalities for the Control of Aquatic Invasive Species
From CT DEEP
The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is pleased to announce the availability of funding through the CT General Assembly for aquatic invasive species abatement diagnostic feasibility studies and for aquatic invasive species control and management projects on inland waters of CT. Proposal deadline is Monday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m. For more information and instructions to submit a proposal, click HERE.  
Community Forest Program
From U.S. Department of Agriculture
A USDA Forest Service 
grant program, the Community Forest Program (CFP), provides funds to local governments, tribal governments, and qualified nonprofit entities to establish community forests that demonstrate continuing and accessible community benefits. Federal funds are available to pay up to 50% of the full fee acquisition of forested land for community benefits. Click HERE for additional information. 
Conservation Job Opportunities
Multiple Positions Available - Connecticut Forest & Park Association
CFPA is currently recruiting for the following positions: Field Coordinator, Trails Program; Program Director, Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center; Trails Day Contractor. Click on the respective position for more details and application instructions. CFPA is a member-based, nonprofit conservation organization established in Connecticut in 1895. CFPA's mission is to protect forests, parks, hiking trails, and open spaces for future generations by connecting people to the land. 
Executive Director - CT Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc. 
The CT RC&D Council is now hiring a full-time Executive Director to lead their organization. The Council is looking for an energetic, visionary leader who is able to work creatively and forge partnerships to work across municipal and regional boundaries and someone to help bring stability and direction to the organization. The full job description and application instructions are available HERE. Interviews are expected to begin in late October 2015.
Other News
Photo Credit: CT DoAg
Nominations Open for 2015
Farmland Preservati on Pathfinder Awards
From Working Lands Alliance

Do you know of an individual or organization who goes above and beyond to protect our farmland in Connecticut? Now is the time to get them recognized for their great work! The Working Lands Alliance is pleased to announce that nominations are open for our 2015 Farmland Preservation Pathfinder Awards. Nomination forms can be downloaded HERE. Nominations are open now through October 16, 2015. Find more information about the awards HERE. 
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); 
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); 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 Commissions); 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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