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eNews | April 22, 2019
Earth Day is a Call to Action
Happy Earth Day!  

National Geographic Magazine recently published a list of 49 of the most significant milestones in environmental protection since the first Earth Day on April 22,1970 -- 49 years ago.  

These victories remind us of how far we’ve come. To honor that progress, the North Face Brand has started a petition to make Earth Day a national holiday .

And yet, now is not the time to rest on our laurels . Time is running out to meaningfully address the perils of climate change, and concerted efforts are underway at the federal level to rollback, de-fund, and otherwise weaken much of the legislation put in place to protect our environment. 
Let’s use this Earth Day as a CALL TO ACTION , so that we can continue to chart our progress through its 50th anniversary and beyond!

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Esq.
Executive Director
P.S. With less than 2 months remaining in the 2019 legislative session, our priorities in Hartford include protecting the Community Investment Act, defeating efforts to impose a tax on land trusts, funding important conservation programs, and enacting Green Economy legislation that will implement meaningful changes to address climate change. Read our legislative update and 2019 testimony >>
2019 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference
It's a wrap! The numbers are in!
The 550 conservationists who joined us on March 23 for the Connecticut Land Conservation Conference, included representatives from over 75 land trusts; 41 conservation and inland/wetland commissions; 51 other local, state and national conservation organizations, government entities, and service providers; 22 high schools and universities; and, last but not least, 92 sponsors (including 37 land trusts. )

Thank you for your participation, partnership and support...
We could not have done it without you!

Upcoming CLCC Information Sessions

  • May 6, 1:00-3:00 pm (Middletown) - Learn about TerraCorps - an AmeriCorps program for land trusts and other conservation organizations. View details and link to RSVP >>

  • May 30, 3:00-4:00 pm (Webinar) - How to Conserve Energy, Build Trust and Grow Capacity with Little Green Light - this free webinar will provide you with an introduction to this cloud-based donor management system. View details and link to registration >>
Seeking Communications Intern

CLCC and The Last Green Valley are seeking an intern to focus on community engagement and communications to raise the visibility of land trusts in Northeast CT and help lay the groundwork for a larger, watershed-wide regional conservation strategy. View details >>
Last Call for Comments
2019 Model Conservation Easements

We are seeking your input before finalizing CLCC's 2019 Model Conservation Easement and Model Forever Wild Easement. Please contact Amy with your suggestions and comments. View all documents >>
Land Trusts in the News
Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust
Town of New Fairfield
The Town of New Fairfield donated more than 38 acres of prime open space to the care of Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust . Located off Elwell Road, it shares a boundary with the Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center creating a contiguous green corridor of over 860 acres.

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Toolkit to Help Convene Your Community on
Climate Change
The Climate Generation Climate Convenings Toolkit can help you organize a public gathering on climate change solutions in your community.

The 20+ page guide is geared toward anyone interested in catalyzing deeper conversation, understanding, and action on climate change.

Photo credits in order of appearance:
Kathen Coley (1924-2013); Daniel "Put" Brown; Lisa O'Brien,, Instagram birdddog1; Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust; Bob Pagini; Amy Blaymore Paterson; and Barrie Robbins-Pianka.
Connecticut Land Conservation Council
deKoven House
27 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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.