Naromi Land Trust  
Forever. Sherman.   
July 2019
                                                                                               Vol. 12, Issue 8     
In This Issue
Annual Meeting this Friday!
Welcome Wistmans
Support Naromi while Shopping
Accreditation
Quick Links
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Members, Friends and Neighbors,
Happy July! I hope you've had a chance to get out and enjoy some of our preserves and hiking trails.  My family had a fantastic time at Naromi's West Briggs Hill Preserve exploring among the ferns, encounters with toads, stonewalls, climbing trees and checking on the hidden geocache. 

If you've encountered any interesting plants or animals on your adventures, please share them with us by email (office@naromi.org) or on Facebook. From bitterns to bears and ferns to flowers, we love to see what you can find. (Here is a "Backyard Birds" checklist from Ranger Rick to get the kids involved.) 

Our annual meeting is this Friday, July 12th at 6:30 at the Lake Mauweehoo Club House. Hear about Audubon's Healthy Forest Initiative and our work over the past year. Please join us! More details are below.   

Last but not least, did you know you can support Naromi while shopping on Amazon ? Consider us when you are checking out the Prime Deals next week. 
 
Enjoy!

Amanda Branson
Executive Director
Naromi Annual Meeting - Friday, July 12
On Friday, July 12 at 6:30 PM, Naromi Land Trust will hold its Annual Meeting at the Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse. Bring the family, enjoy refreshments and hear from our keynote speaker, Eileen Fielding, PhD. Dr. Fielding is the Director of Audubon Sharon (a National Audubon Center) and Team Leader for Audubon's Healthy Forest Initiative in CT, which Naromi's West Briggs Hill Preserve has just joined! The Annual Meeting is free and open to the public.

Dr. Fielding will present on "The Birds in Your Woods: Who, Why, and How to Help Them". Do you know whether your preserved woodland is supporting the species that you want it to? Forest wildlife communities change over time, as the forest matures and ages. Many of Connecticut's forest bird species are in decline, but could be helped by proactive measures that we can do. This talk introduces a variety of forest birds, and describes forest management techniques that can benefit not only the birds, but other wildlife and the forest itself. 

The evening will include a short business meeting. The Clubhouse at Lake Mauweehoo is the intersection of Route 37 South and Leach Hollow Road. Contact Naromi's office at 860-354-0260 or naromi.org for more information.

Welcome to the Wistmans!
We're very excited to welcome father and son duo, Jim & Noah Wistman as this summer's Stewardship crew! 

Jim Wistman is a dedicated volunteer for many organizations including Naromi. This year we are so grateful to have Jim volunteering alongside our summer intern, Noah.

They've been hard at work cutting fallen trees, cutting invasive vines, and trimming roadsides at Giddings Preserve, Mallory Trail, and Wimisink Preserve.

It takes a significant time and energy to conduct this type of stewardship work and to keep the trails safe and accessible. We are grateful to have them on the team this summer. 

If you see them, be sure to say hello! 
Support Naromi on Prime Day! 
Next week, Amazon will be having its annual Prime Days, July 15 and 16th. You can shop and support Naromi at the same time!

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Land Trust Accreditation
Did you know that Naromi is an "accredited" land trust? 

Accreditation is a voluntary program administered by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. 

It  demonstrates that a land trust has successfully implemented  Land Trust Standards and Practices, comprised of 59 practices and 188 practice elements.  

Accredited land trusts range from all-volunteer organizations to national groups and protect more than 75% of all land and easements held by land trusts in America. 

Accredited land trusts  commit to uphold the 12 Guiding Principles: 
  1. Land trusts maintain high ethical standards and have a mission committed to conservation, community service and public benefit.
  2. Land trusts fulfill their legal requirements as nonprofit tax-exempt organizations and comply with all laws.
  3. Land trust boards act ethically in conducting the affairs of the organization and carry out their legal and financial responsibilities as required by law.
  4. Land trusts have policies and procedures to avoid or manage real or perceived conflicts of interest.
  5. Land trusts conduct fundraising activities in a lawful, ethical and responsible manner.
  6. Land trusts are responsible and accountable for how they manage their finances and assets.
  7. Land trusts have sufficient skilled personnel to carry out their programs, whether volunteers, staff and/or consultants/contractors.
  8. Land trusts carefully evaluate and select their conservation projects.
  9. Land trusts work diligently to see that every land and conservation easement transaction is legally, ethically and technically sound.
  10. Land trusts work diligently to see that every charitable gift of land or conservation easement meets federal and state tax law requirements, to avoid fraudulent or abusive transactions and to uphold public confidence in land conservation.
  11. Land trusts have a program of responsible stewardship for their conservation easements.
  12. Land trusts have a program of responsible stewardship for the land held in fee for conservation purposes.
In addition to best practices, accreditation brings additional benefits such as insurance discounts, grant advantages, and ongoing professional development for staff and board members. 

The accreditation process required a significant commitment to implement; however, it means that we are an even stronger land trust and even better prepared to protect the lands we've been entrusted, in perpetuity