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eNews | May 28, 2019
I won't let it go.
I’m a big fan of the NPR Politics Podcast. If you also listen then you know that at the end of each show, the political reporters share something from the week’s news that they “can’t let go of.”

As I sat down to write this message, I was thinking about the recent UN biodiversity report and the incredibly distressing news of the threatened extinction of 1 million species.  News I can’t let go of.  

Yet the report also states that it is not too late to make a difference – underscoring more than ever the importance of your land conservation work.  

This month, I celebrated my ninth year as CLCC’s executive director and reflected on how far we have come together .
Connecticut’s land conservation community continues to grow: working to save more land, reach more people, and be a vocal and visible force at the state Capitol.

All of which fills me with hope.  

I can’t (and won’t) let go of that either.

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Esq.
Executive Director
P.S. The 2019 legislative session adjourns on June 5. We are in the home stretch. Read our legislative update and please continue to communicate with your legislators about issues that are important to you and your land conservation work.
CLCC's Accredited Land Trusts Working Group
Seeks Your Input
Established in late 2018, CLCC's Accredited Land Trusts Working Group meets periodically to stay connected and current in developments affecting land trust work, Standards & Practices (S&P), and accreditation; and to plan projects – such as a CT land trust S&P template library which is underway.

We want to hear from you!  What are your land trust's needs around implementing best practices? Accreditation? How can we help?

Please contact Amy at  to share your needs and ideas and/or to find out more about this peer leadership and networking group. 
Land Trusts in the News
Cornwall Conservation Trust
Colebrook Land Conservancy
Did you know that DEEP publishes a monthly report on land acquired by the state, municipalities, land trusts and water companies using funds from the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program (OSWA) and the Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program ?

OSWA closings reported in April’s Report are the Cornwall Conservation Trust's acquisition of the Matland/Tarradiddle Property (72 acres) and the Colebrook Land Conservancy’s acquisition Deer Hill Property (74+ acres).

Land Trust Resources & Opportunities
Information for Land Trusts -
Powerline Right-of-Way Vegetation Management
If an Eversource powerline runs through one of your preserves, then the right-of-way probably provides important habitat for rare and declining species of plants and animals that require open habitats. When Eversource alerts you that they will be managing vegetation on the right-of-way, you have the opportunity to meet with a vegetation manager to discuss how this can be accomplished while minimizing impacts to important habitats.  

View two reports which describe proven methods for maintaining transmission lines while preserving a biologically rich plant community dominated by native shrubs, grasses and wildflowers.

Natural Resources Conservation Academy
Partners Needed for Conservation Projects
UConn’s Natural Resource Conservation Academy is looking for a few more adult partners (like YOU) for its award-winning  Conservation Training Partnerships program to pair with teens for projects at the Bridgeport workshop (June 22-23) and the Groton workshop (June 27-28). No prior knowledge or expertise necessary. Just a willingness to learn from and contribute to a partnership with the next generation of conservation leaders.

From the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

Workshops, Webinars & Forums
May 29: UCONN CLEAR Webinar - Oak Mortality in CT: Information for Forest Practitioners, Land Managers and Woodland Owners .

May 30: CLCC Webinar - How to Conserve Energy, Build Trust and Grow Capacity with Little Green Light - an introduction to a cloud-based donor management system. View details and link to registration here >>

June 4 (Litchfield) and June 11 (Salisbury): Realtors and Conservation Forum , hosted by several Litchfield County land trusts in partnership with Litchfield Community Center and Litchfield County Board of Realtors.

June 6: Roxbury Land Trust - In Our Backyard: Conserving Our Community Assets featuring Dr. Spencer Meyer, Senior Conservationist, Highstead. Read more here >>

June 13: CT Resource Conservation & Development Area - Rural Lands Rural Conference . CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson will present on Growing the Economy in Partnership with Land Trusts and Land Conservation . Read more and register here >>
State News
Help Shape Important State Plans
Funding Opportunities
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has announced funding for the Highlands Conservation Act Program . For info and assistance contact Tim Abbott. Deadline: 6/7/19 (base funding applications); 8/2/19 (competitive funding applications) View details here >>

USDA-NRCS is accepting applications for the Conservation Innovation Grants Program (CIG) to spark the development and adoption of cutting-edge conservation technologies and approaches for farmers and other landowners. Deadline: 6/14/19 View details here >>

National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects including design of trails and parks, improved access to rivers, protection of special places, and creation of recreation opportunities . Deadline: 6/30/19 View details here >>
Job Opportunities
Tip of the Month
Talking Points on the Value of Wetlands
Looking for a concise list of the benefits of wetlands to help in communicating the value of your land conservation work?

In "5 Wetland Services for Your Operation and Beyond" , USDA-NRCS blogger Jocelyn Benjamin provides a look at five services wetlands offer your land, your environment, and your community.

Photo courtesy of Paul Fusco, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
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.