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eNews | January 24, 2019
Things are heating up.
It might be cold outside, but things have been heating up big time at CLCC. Here's a quick update on some hot priorities:

  • With the 2019 legislative session underway, we have been meeting with legislators and sharing CLCC's 2019 Conservation Agenda at meetings and events around the state.

Our team is energized, excited, and determined to assist you in advancing your conservation work through these programs and more. 

I can't think of a better way to stay warm this winter!

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Esq.
Executive Director

P.S. Interested in learning more? Contact me anytime. I love hearing from you!
35th annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference
March 23, 2019
Registration Opens Next Week

This is a conference you do not want to miss! Whether you're part of an all-volunteer land trust, or one with staff, or a municipal land use commissioner -- or other member of the community who cares, you will love it!

Introducing Katharine Lange
2019 Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow
CLCC is delighted to welcome Katharine Lange as our first Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow. A graduate student at the University of Connecticut, Katharine is assisting CLCC with advocacy efforts to advance conservation legislation at the capitol, including outreach to municipalities and land trusts interested in establishing a bill enabling a local funding option for land conservation and stewardship .Katharine may be reached at .

Land Trusts in the News
Wintonbury Land Trust
Seeking New Farmer to Lease Hawk Hill Farm
The Wintonbury Land Trust is seeking an energetic farmer to lease farmland located at the land trust's Hawk Hill Farm in Bloomfield. The forty five acre property consists of 22 acres of state significant & prime farmland and 21 acres of forest land, one pond, two wetland areas, and an acre of farmyard with the historic bank barn...
State News Headlines
Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy CT Chapter
National News Headlines

U.S. Senate reintroduces the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act - S. 170 would eliminate the ability of partnership investors to profit from the donation of a conservation easement on land held for a short time >>   (Source: Land Trust Alliance)

Rep. Johana Hayes Appointed to House Agriculture Committee - Congresswoman represents Connecticut's 5th District >> (Source: CT Mirror)

Land Trust Accreditation 10-Year Impact Evaluation - 2018 external evaluation shows land trust community's investment in accreditation paid off and the impact continues to grow >> (Source: Land Trust Accreditation Commission)

Farm Bill Becomes Final - The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 includes increasing funding for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, removing the Agriculture Land Easement plan requirement and allowing landowner donations and expenses to satisfy match requirements. Read a summary >> (Source: Land Trust Alliance)

Land and Water Conservation Fund Update - Senator Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) reintroduced S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, which, among other things, would permanently reauthorize the LWCF. (Source: Land Trust Alliance)
Funding & Project Assistance Opportunities

NBC Universal is hosting a grant challenge program for nonprofit organizations tackling everyday problems through innovative solutions. Deadline: 2/15/19

The Cornell Lab and Land Trust Alliance Announce 2019 Request for Proposals for Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative for grants to support land trusts and their partners in accomplishing bird conservation on private lands. Deadline: 3/1/19

The Rockfall Foundation is now accepting applications for the Virginia R. Rollefson Environmental Leadership Scholarship honoring a high school junior or senior in the Lower CT River Valley. Deadline: 3/1/19

The Last Green Valley has announced a new source of funds for grants ranging in $2,000 - $3,000 for projects located within The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. Deadline: 3/29/19

MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership is accepting grants to assist with the transactional costs of donated land or conservation easements within the 39 town MassConn service area. Deadline: 3/29/19

Land Trust Resources & Opportunities
Photo courtesy of Connecticut Forest & Park Association
Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Tip of the Month
The 13 Eligibility Questions for TerraFirma Participants
Do you know your eligibility? Landowners must answer "yes" to every single 13 eligibility questions in order to participate for TerraFirma.

Read through the detailed info on each eligibility question to see if you qualify. Remember, accredited land trusts are automatically eligible, but land trusts do not have to be accredited in order to participate.

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.