Posts Tagged ‘ open space ’

Groton group, Pfizer volunteers plant greenway

Oct 3rd, 2014 | By

The Groton Open Space Association, with the help of about 90 Pfizer Inc. volunteers, coordinated the planting Thursday of nearly 800 native species in an attempt to reclaim a former dumping ground off Lambtown Road and make it part of an extensive greenway to protect wildlife habitat in southeastern Connecticut. For more on this story,

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Governor Announces $5M for Open Space Grant Program

May 16th, 2014 | By

DEEP will use the new bond funds, along with at least $5 million it has received under the Community Investment Act (CIA) to award the 17th round of grants this year. “Our state has set an ambitious goal of protecting 21% of Connecticut’s land – or 673,210 acres – as open space by the year 2023,” Malloy said. The bonding will be added to at least $5 million from the Community Investment Act account to fund awards for the 17th round of the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition (OSWLA) Grant Program. The deadline for applications for the new round of grants was March 31. DEEP received 30 applications for funding open space projects totaling more than 2,200 acres. It also received two applications for the Urban Green and Community Garden portion of the grant program, the Connecticut Land Conservation Council reports.

MAP: How Much of Your Town Is Open Space?

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

Less than two-thirds of Connecticut towns have conserved more than the state goal of 21 percent. For more on this story, visit: MAP: How Much of Your Town Is Open Space? – Around Town – Madison, CT Patch.

Bolinsky, CT Audubon Voice Support for Preserving CT Open Space

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

One of the key issues has been that when the state acquires conservation land, the land is not truly protected – the state, at its discretion, can sell or transfer or swap the land, or it can use it for something other than conservation. There have been at least three proposals in recent years to do just that. All three were beaten back but not without the expenditure of a lot of time and effort on the part conservationists.

Groton Town Council declines to back open space plan advanced for land zoned residential

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By

The Groton Open Space Association wants to buy 201 acres north of Interstate 95 to save the land for open space, but the Town Council voted last week to not support the group’s request. Councilor Bob Frink said the land has development potential and could bring in needed revenue. “I don’t see (how) we can

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How Pocket Green Space Can Transform a State Capital

Jan 31st, 2013 | By

The EPA sponsors an innovative planning program designed to help bring more green infrastructure and green building practices to our country’s state capitals, making them simultaneously more environmentally resilient and more beautiful. This week some state and local leaders and civic-minded folks took part in a forum on strong communities in Hartford. Click on this environmental headline for more from The Atlantic’s Place Matters.

Open space grants to preserve nearly 3,000 acres: $9 Million Awarded to 35 Cities and Towns to Protect Open Space

Dec 29th, 2012 | By

The state has awarded more than $9 million to preserve open space in 35 cities and towns, the governor’s office announced Friday. The largest parcels are in Cheshire, East Haddam, East Lyme, Kent/Warren, Lyme, and Somers, all with properties encompassing at last 100 acres. In all, the money will preserve 2,732 acres throughout Connecticut.

Southington Open Space Committee to discuss forest management at 3:30 today

Dec 11th, 2012 | By

The Open Space and Land Acquisition Committee will meet this afternoon to discuss forest management on town-own open space with a professor from the University of Connecticut. For more on this story, visit: Southington Open Space Committee to discuss forest management today – Southington News –

Candidates Discuss Open Space, Farmland at Tolland County Agricultural Center

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

The Tolland County Agricultural Center was filled with voters Wednesday night listening to the candidates for the 35th and 8th state districts discuss open space, support for small farms and economic development in their constituent towns.

Milford’s open space gets guardian

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

Milford has spent millions on open space, as Mayor Benjamin G. Blake has noted. But for years, that open space has been encroached on and despoiled. All-terrain vehicles tear up the land. Waste is dumped there and other forbidden activities, including hunting and paint ball games, take place on the land. For more on this

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Preserve open space for all: The Day editorial

Sep 29th, 2012 | By

Living in one of the most densely populated parts of the country enhances our appreciation of natural enclaves where we can at least temporarily escape the press of humanity and surrounding concrete, asphalt and gas-powered engines. We especially treasure the region’s many public parks, preserves, lakes and rivers permanently protected from private development, and are

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Conn. deal preserves 230 acres of open space in towns of Sprague and Franklin

Sep 27th, 2012 | By

The state of Connecticut has struck an agreement that will preserve 230 acres of open space in the towns of Sprague and Franklin. The office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the state will award the town of Sprague an acquisition grant of $276,000 to buy the property. It said Wednesday that the deal will

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Prof offers Southington a free study of its open space

Sep 23rd, 2012 | By

A University of Connecticut forestry professor has offered to study the town’s open space parcels and recommend what should be done to maintain them. Tom Worthley, a UConn assistant professor in the forestry program, spoke to the Open Space Committee Thursday. He’ll begin the work at no cost to the town in October. For more

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Cheshire Dog Park Could Open in Spring

Sep 20th, 2012 | By

A leash-free dog park is in the final planning stages. A four-year-long volunteer effort to establish a dog park in Cheshire is close to raising enough money to fence in about two acres of town-owned land on Waterbury Road. For more on this story, visit: Cheshire Dog Park Could Open in Spring – Cheshire, CT

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Leaders endorse open space agent idea in Milford

Sep 6th, 2012 | By

Written by William Poutray, Letitia Malone As concerned citizens of Milford, we strongly support the proposal for the city to hire an open space agent, who will create and execute a plan to fully restore Milford’s passive open spaces, such as Eisenhower Park and Mondo Ponds. For more on this story, visit: Milford Mirror |

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Editorial Ink Drops: The State’s Open Space Plan, The Newtown Bee

Aug 1st, 2012 | By

Connecticut’s Open Space Plan is the state’s recognition that, no, nature cannot always take care of itself, especially in the unpredictable flux of land development in the Northeast. The new legislation will help the state meet its goal of extending open space protections to 673,210 acres — 21 percent of the state’s area — by

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Law will strengthen how state protects and conserves open space: Gov. Malloy; Advocates celebrate

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

“This law puts a sharper focus on land conservation efforts and DEEP looks forward to working with a variety of partners during implementation,” said Daniel Esty, Commissioner of DEEP. “It also requires us to think more creatively and develop a strategy to better prioritize and track our progress—all important to meeting our ultimate goal of protecting 21 percent of Connecticut’s land.”

Council Budgets $10 Million to Help Preserve Open Space, Farms in Rocky Hill

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

The Rocky Hill Town Council agreed its meeting Monday to place a question on the November ballot asking residents if they would allow the town to appropriate $10 million for acquisition of land or to purchase development rights for farmland preservation and open space. via Council Budgets $10 Million to Help Preserve Open Space, Farms

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Manchester Seeks More Open Space on Case Mountain

Jul 18th, 2012 | By

If officials succeed in buying three more swaths of open space, the town would own most of the Case Mountain area from Spring Street to the Glastonbury line. Town administrators have entered purchase and sale agreements with owners of undeveloped property totaling about 34 acres in the town’s southeastern corner. The land includes the Case

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Defiance Towards Milford Open Space Laws

Jul 13th, 2012 | By

Photos of law-breaking vehicles throughout Solomon Property were released by Milford Police, in the press release The Milford Police Department is currently investigating a recent increase in activities involving all-terrain vehicles and other motor vehicles trespassing in wooded areas of large parcels of open space and private property in the Northern section of the City

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