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eNews | June 28, 2019
CLCC land and wave
They depend on us too.
Check out this cutie!

This fledging was hopping around my yard, strutting his/her stuff, with Mom and Dad watching nearby.  After securing my dogs -- whose presence had stirred the parents into a loud and threatening frenzy -- I returned to check on this baby. Within just a few minutes, the family was nowhere in sight. 

Although weeks ago, I still wonder and worry about the fate of this little one.
Fledgings, fawns, bear cubs ... they are all around us this time of year. They depend on their parents to get them going on the tenuous path towards independence.  

They depend on us too.

These babies remind us how important your conservation work is to protecting the land and water that they and all wildlife need to survive and thrive.  

Thank you for all you do for their future and ours.

Wishing you a very happy July 4th holiday.

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Esq.
Executive Director
P.S. In between snapping the photo and returning to check on the bird, I found some insight into what to do/not to do if you find a baby bird from this article from National Audubon Society.  
Regional Conservation Conversations are Underway!
Celebrating CIA and OSWA Grant Program Success Stories
TOMORROW! Monday! July 1, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Macricostas Preserve, New Preston

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We have kicked off our 2019 Conservation Conversations for the summer! Join us and our local co-hosts to visit land conservation success stories made possible by CT DEEP’s Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Program (OSWA), and Urban Green and Community Garden Program. Join us for an informal afternoon in the fresh air with state legislators, other elected officials, land trust representatives, and community leaders. 

Land Trusts in the News
Lyme Land Conservation Trust
Photo courtesy of Sue Cope/Lyme Land Trust
Riverside Preserve
Opening Celebration
The Lyme Land Trust recently opened the Riverside Preserve with a ribbon cutting by conservationist Barbara O. David, who donated the 6-acre preserve to trust. The property borders the newly restored Eightmile River near the former Ed Bill’s Dam. 

Land Trust Resources
Information for Land Trusts - Powerline Right-of-Way Vegetation Management - Two reports describe proven methods for maintaining transmission lines while preserving a biologically rich plant community dominated by native shrubs, grasses and wildflowers. View the reports here >>

Foundation Funding Report by Highstead - This report documents trends in private foundation giving to conservation organizations in New England and New York between 2004 and 2014. View the report here >>

A Case for Municipal Investment in Conservation by Highstead - Fourth in a series of briefs detailing the financial benefits of conservation, this document explains how conserved lands provide more and cost less than local communities may have expected. View the report here >>

How to Talk About Climate Change - A world-renowned climate communicator shares her tips on what works and how to handle the tough conversations. (Source: Judy Anderson) View article here >>
State News
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. View the report here >>

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. View details here >>

Federal News
Learn About Abusive Conservation Easement Tax Shelters – The Land Trust 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. View details here >>

Congress Demands Full Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund – Legislation has been introduced in the House and the Senate to fully fund the LWCF which provides funding for local, state, and national parks and public lands.  View more info and an action alert from Outdoor Alliance here >>
Funding Opportunities
Audubon Connecticut is accepting applications for U.S. Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration Grants to work with land trusts on habitat assessments and the development of Bird Habitat Management Guides for qualifying forest parcels. Deadline: 6/30/19 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 >>

USDA-NRCS is accepting proposals that improve water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat for the national Conservation Innovation Grants. Deadline: 7/30/19 View details here >>

Job Opportunities
Tip of the Month
Plan a Climate Friendly July 4 Cookout
Planning a BBQ for the July 4 holiday?

The New York Times climate team provides tips for organizing a more environmentally friendly cookout including: choosing gas over charcoal; serving food and drinks in compostable or reusable plates and cups; reducing food waste by planning ahead; and favoring grilled vegetables...

Happy 4th to all!
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.