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eNews | July 26, 2019
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Building Bridges
What do you call a dozen motivated volunteers, from three different land trusts, working together with two consultants, to build a bridge on a new preserve in 90-degree heat?

CLCC’s New London County Land Trust Advancement Initiative!
The New London County Initiative is one of four such programs we’re currently undertaking across the state. Our award winning Regional Land Trust Advancement Initiatives focus on building stronger organizational capacity and durable collaboration for land trusts working in the same region. 
Since launching the Initiative program in 2014 -- with generous underwriting support from NRCS Connecticut, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, the Connecticut Community Foundation, and supporters, like you -- over thirty land trusts and communities in five regions have received technical assistance and worked on collaborative projects focused on topics including communications, community engagement, stewardship, record keeping, regional mapping, strategic planning, shared services, and more.
The best part of the program is bringing land trust leaders -- like those pictured above from Avalonia Land Conservancy, Colchester Land Trust, and Groton Open Space Association -- together on a regular basis to learn, share, and have some fun.

Our Advancement Initiatives are a reminder that, all around the state, land brings people together for a common purpose; links trails and protects water; is a source of pride; and serves as a connection to nature -- and each other. 

Conserving land enables us to build bridges in more ways than one!

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Esq.
Executive Director
P.S. Interested in learning more about how our Advancement Initiative program may assist land trusts in your region? Let's talk!
Now is a Great Time to Support CLCC
2019 Challenge Match Campaign is Underway
This summer, you can make sure conservation gets a boost statewide by leveraging a $20,000 matching grant to support CLCC’s work with land trusts, communities, and policy leaders throughout Connecticut...
We're Hiring -- The Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellowship Program
CLCC is accepting applications from students (college, graduate, or recent graduates) to serve as our next Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow .  The main focus area for the 2019-20 Fellow is “Land Conservation Policy and Advocacy.” 

Now Available -- 2019 Model Conservation Easement, Forever Wild Easement, and Associated Model Documents
CLCC is pleased to announce the availability of the 2019 Model Conservation Easement, associated Commentary, as well as two new documents -- a compilation of provisions setting forth basic Options for Grantor and Grantee Rights and a Model Forever Wild Easement -- to assist individual landowners, land trusts, municipalities, and their attorneys with their land conservation work.

More Conservation Conversations in the Works!
Celebrating Conservation Success Stories Across Connecticut
If you missed our  Conservation Conversations in Bridgeport, New PrestonWeston and  Ledyard, check out our  Facebook Photo Album. Better yet, join us at upcoming events in New Haven (rescheduled from 7/22), Manchester and Guilford. Stay tuned for dates and details.
Land Trusts in the News
New Haven Land Trust
Photo courtesy of New Haven Land Trust
"Creating Future Stewards of the Land"
The New Haven Land Trust was featured in the Summer edition of Saving Land Magazine in recognition of the organization's work in connecting kids to nature through the land trust’s Schooner Camp at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve -- "[a]n important place for them to learn about because they are going to be the ones in charge of it one day.”...

Land Trust Resources
Land Stewardship with Birds in Mind: An Audubon Workshop for Land Trusts (August 5) - Join the Sharon Audubon Center for this free workshop that is open to all land trust staff, boards, stewards, members, and friends. View workshop details here >>

Save the date! (August 12) - CLCC Forum on Right-of-Way Vegetation Management - featuring presentations and Q&A with Dr. Robert Askins and representatives from Eversource. Details coming soon.

2019 Coverts Project Seminar (Sept. 12-15) - The Connecticut Forest & Park Association in partnership with UConn is accepting applications for the Coverts Project -- an educational program for woodlands owners.

Rally 2019 (October 17-19) - The National Land Conservation Conference - Raleigh, NC - Early bird registration discount ends on August 19.

New Conservation Briefs - Conservationists at Highstead Foundation have published a series of briefs that make the financial case for protecting land from development. For hard copies, email
State News
CT DEEP May Open Space Report now available - land conservation projects funded through state grant programs closing in May include Aspetuck Land Trust's Belknap Property.

The Council on Environmental Quality has published their annual report "Environmental Quality in Connecticut," the official summary and analysis for the state's environmental trends.

CT DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes Presents the 20 by ’20 Initiative – twenty measurable process improvements between today and December 31, 2020 aimed at increasing predictability, efficiency, and transparency of DEEP’s regulatory processes, with accountability provided through a public dashboard of key indicators. Public input is welcome.
Federal News
Federal Agencies Issue Final Regulations on State and Local Tax Credits - Under new rules, taxpayers may not claim as federal charitable deductions the portion of donations that generate state or local tax credits.
Source: Land Trust Alliance and National Council of Nonprofits

Learn about Recovering America's Wildlife Act - Legislation (H.R. 3742) has been introduced in the House that nationwide would send $1.3 billion in existing federal revenues to states to implement their Wildlife Action Plans.
Source: Connecticut Audubon Society

Learn about Abusive Conservation Easement Tax Shelters – The Alliance has provided us with information to share about this threat to land conservation work including what you should look for in evaluating a transaction for possible tax abuses; proposed federal legislation to address the issue; and more.

Public Lands Funding Bills Introduced – Legislation has been introduced to fully fund the LWCF - for local, state, and national parks and public lands - and the Restore our Public Lands Act - to address the maintenance backlog on National Parks and other public lands. Source: Outdoor Alliance
Funding Opportunities
USDA-NRCS is accepting applications for the national Conservation Innovation Grants to support projects that improve water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat. Deadline: 7/30/19

Tip of the Month
Set up Your Land Trust's Website for Monthly Giving
“What was a monthly giving program like before computers and the internet? ... [I]f you’re looking to make giving and especially monthly giving easier to set up for your donors ... Here Are The Top 7 Tips To Set Up Your Nonprofit’s Website For Monthly Giving Success ..."

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