Posts Tagged ‘ forests ’

USDA staff in CT receive national award for conservation efforts

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

The NRCS in Connecticut, Forest Service, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System entered into a partnership in 2009 to assist private landowners in enhancing healthy forests. Recently, this group was honored with the prestigious Two Chiefs’ Partnership Award on behalf of the chiefs of the Forest Service

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State Parks and Forests Aren’t as Protected as You Think

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

If you think Connecticut’s roughly 270,000 acres of forests and parks are protected forever, you’re wrong. That’s according to a new report from Connecticut’s Council on Environmental Quality claiming state conservation lands aren’t always preserved forever.



Report recommends more dedicated funds for parks

Jan 24th, 2014 | By

A legislative report released Thursday recommends between a quarter and a half of the revenue generated by state parks in Connecticut be appropriated to the state’s parks and forests. Currently, the vast majority of revenue generated by the parks goes to the state’s General Fund, the main spending account. According to the report, produced by

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Development Chips Away At Connecticut’s Forests

Oct 17th, 2013 | By

Though more than half of the state has tree cover, the problem is the fragmentation or loss of core forests — large, intact woodlands. Since 1985, Connecticut has lost slightly more than 265 square miles of core forest to roads, subdivisions and other forms of development. The core forest land, as of the most recent

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Do trees cause more pollution than cars? Was Reagan right?

Aug 14th, 2012 | By

… Lead author Kristofer Covey, a Ph.D. candidate who admitted his friends have been needling him about the Reagan connection, said the methane isn’t completely negating the benefit trees, even diseased ones. “The report’s pretty clear,” Covey said. “Methane being emitted is about 18 percent of the carbon being sequestered, which means these forests still

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USDA awards CT $2M for forestry preservation

Sep 27th, 2010 | By

Connecticut has received a $1.97 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund numerous programs throughout the state to protect forests on state, municipal, and private lands.

Gov. Rell said this is an ideal time to receive this important funding that will be used for training local firefighters, purchasing open space, making our forests more resilient to threats such as invasive species and diseases, as well as for public outreach campaigns on invasive species such as the Asian longhorned beetle and the Emerald ash borer.



Non-Native Beetles Have Potential to Devastate State Forests

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has reminded residents and visitors to be aware of the serious threat that non-native beetles pose to thousands of acres of Connecticut forests, particularly those with stands of maples, birches, elms and willows. The governor urged residents to be on the lookout for the Asian Longhorned beetle and the Emerald Ash borer. Both are highly destructive and invasive forest pests.



DEP Announces Availability of Connecticut’s First Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy

Aug 12th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the completion of Connecticut’s first Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy, designed to document the condition of Connecticut’s forests, engage the public in discussions about Connecticut’s forestlands, and develop strategies to focus federal, state and local partner efforts in protecting, conserving, and managing Connecticut’s forestlands.