Posts Tagged ‘ Preservation ’

DEP: Governor Rell Commends Open Space Advocates

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

As part of the nationwide celebration of National Trails Day, which was Saturday, June 5, Gov. M. Jodi Rell commended 13 individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways — linear open space in Connecticut. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette joined Connecticut Greenways

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Barn again: Wilton church gets state grant to restore buildings

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

The Wilton Congregational Church recently received a state grant to restore the Comstock barns on Ridgefield Road. via Barn again: church gets state grant to restore buildings | Wilton Bulletin.



Plum Island amazing place to be preserved

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

Plum Island should be saved from development and protected as a wildlife sanctuary with an eye toward opening it to passive public recreation (“Preserve Plum Island,” May 27). For all of the questions surrounding the island’s research facility, Plum Island – and the neighboring Gull Islands – offer the region exceptional benefits. via Plum Island

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State asks federal government to explain Plum Island plans

Jun 3rd, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has asked the federal government to provide more details on its plans to close and move the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and on future uses of the 840-acre island, located in New York waters of Long Island Sound 10 miles from the Connecticut coast. Rell sent a letter Wednesday to

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GOVERNMENT On Plum Island’s Future

May 28th, 2010 | By

Despite the federal government’s plans to sell Plum Island to the highest bidder, it appears that Southold Town will have the ultimate say over what can and cannot be built there if it is sold privately. And after two hearings on both sides of Long Island Sound, residents, environmental advocates, and elected officials have said

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Can the City — and the Oyster — Save Jamaica Bay?

May 28th, 2010 | By

The largest urban wildlife preserve in the United States sits adjacent to Kennedy Airport, near the high-rise apartments of Starrett City and the Rockaway housing projects. Home to the peregrine falcon, the loggerhead sea turtle, the short-eared owl, the area — Jamaica Bay — at the intersection of Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island, serves as

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Preserve Plum Island: Editorial

May 27th, 2010 | By

Conservation groups are pushing for Plum Island, home to hundreds of avian and plant species, to become a national wildlife refuge, complete with public hiking trails. We like this idea – at least the refuge concept. Let the loons, scoters, buffleheads, piping plovers and terns have the run of the place, along with wild orchids

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30 Years of Preserving Guilford

May 26th, 2010 | By

Even though the Guilford Preservation Alliance (GPA) is celebrating 30 years of existence, president of its board of directors Harry Haskell said all citizens, historians or not, should realize that “we are creating history every day.” Founded in 1980, GPA is a non-profit organization of citizen-volunteers dedicated to preserving and protecting the town’s built and

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Conservationists eye Plum Island for future wildlife refuge

May 26th, 2010 | By

Because of the risks associated with the viruses researched at the lab, the public has been banned from the island. The Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound, the Fishers Island Conservancy, the Connecticut chapter of the Nature Conservancy and a new organization, the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, comprising 24 environmental groups and

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Report: A New England four-fifths covered with forests, farms and aquatic ecosystems is attainable vision

May 25th, 2010 | By

CT Environmental Headlines believes the subtitle should read: “A BOLD vision for the New England Landscape.” But an excellent one nonetheless. Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape, calls for conserving 70 percent of the New England landscape in forests (30 million acres). (The report is co-authored by Lloyd Irland of the

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Greenwich residents explore wilds of Pinetum

May 24th, 2010 | By

As 60 people huddled on a trail in Montgomery Pinetum beneath the looming presence of an historic two-story stone greenhouse, Anne Young spoke about the man who made it all possible. “He was a conservationist, a preservationist, those were terms that were not in vogue then,” she said about Col. Robert Montgomery who, along with

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Taftville history will be preserved

May 24th, 2010 | By

Norwich – When the family of Taftville historian Rene Dugas donated his vast collection of photographs and documents of the historic mill village to Otis Library several months ago, library officials were equally thrilled and overwhelmed. Otis was one of 17 recipients of grants totaling $150,000 to preserve and promote the heritage corridor’s natural and

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New England forests: big, but in danger

May 24th, 2010 | By

Bill Toomey, director of Highstead, a regional conservation organization based in Redding and one of the partners in the Wildlands and Woodlands project, said Connecticut is now about 59 percent forest, down from 70 percent two decades ago. Only about 12 percent of the state’s forests are permanently protected, he said. via New England forests:

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Speakers: Preserve Plum Island as habitat

May 20th, 2010 | By

Old Saybrook – Most of the 840 acres of Plum Island should be preserved as a wildlife sanctuary and public recreation area rather than being sold to the highest bidder when the federal animal disease laboratory there moves to Kansas, representatives of conservation groups told federal officials handling the sale of the island Wednesday. via

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Opposition Mounts for $50M+ Plum Island Sale; Save the Sound officially opposing tonight

May 20th, 2010 | By

Once a strategic military base for both World Wars, the North Fork’s Plum Island now braces itself for a whole new battle. For the past year or so, U.S. officials have contemplated moving the Plum Island Animal Disease Center elsewhere, which would in turn free the Island up for sale. But some higher-ups think the

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Merritt makes endangered list

May 19th, 2010 | By

The National Trust for Historic Preservation included Connecticut’s Merritt Parkway on its annual list of America’s most endangered historic places, along with the federal and state park system and nine other natural, historic and architectural treasures. via Westfair Online – Merritt makes endangered list.



Old airport site now is Madison’s — update with story and photo from The Day

May 15th, 2010 | By

MADISON — In January, voters at referendum decided to purchase 42 acres at the former Griswold Airport site to save much of it as open space. Monday, more than 100 people stood on the Boston Post Road property to watch First Selectman Fillmore McPherson hand over a check, and receive a deed for the land

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The Historic New Hartford Mill Has Many Tales to Tell (Video)

May 14th, 2010 | By

NEW HARTFORD—On a Bakerville property swimming in local history and myth, New Hartford resident Jeffrey Sykes is working hard to rebuild the Gillette grist mill, an 18th-century structure that has, to put it mildly, seen better days. The property was originally the industrial center of New Hartford, with a grist mill, saw mill and a

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State to sell former Seaside facility for $8M

May 11th, 2010 | By

Waterford, Conn. — A former sanitarium and Connecticut state treatment center on prime beachfront land is being sold for $8 million to a developer.



Call for Artists! Get your barn paintings and drawings ready

May 10th, 2010 | By

Get your barn paintings and drawings ready for our Barn Art Show, this year to be held at the Lambert Hitchcock Gallery in Riverton, Barkhamsted, CT. All art must be for sale. You may enter up to 10 paintings or drawings as long as there is a barn in the scene!