Highstead and Aspetuck Land Trust lead new conservation initiative

Oct 20th, 2014 | By

It’s about protecting imperiled streams, drinking water reservoirs, and plant and wildlife habitat.

Bigelow Hollow, Pachaug forest worth exploring in Last Green Valley

Oct 20th, 2014 | By

Located in Union, on the Massachusetts border….

East Lyme program touts benefits of salt marshes for people, wildlife

Oct 20th, 2014 | By

Salt marshes are not only home to a variety of creatures and wildlife, but are also important to humans by buffering storms and floods.

Old Saybrook Land Trust gives $30,000 toward preserve purchase

Oct 14th, 2014 | By
From left, Old Saybrook Land Trust President Joe Nochera and Treasurer Mike Urban present Alicia Sullivan and Lori Fernand of The Trust for Public Land showcase a check for $30,000 toward The Preserve purchase at the trailhead on Ingham Hill Road. (photo: Bob Lorenz)

Old Saybrook Land Trust President Joe Nochera and Treasurer Mike Urban recently presented Alicia Sullivan and Lori Fernand of the Trust for Public Land with a $30,000 donation toward the purchase and preservation of the 1,000-acre Preserve.

50 acres added to Whalebone Cove Division of Conte Refuge, Lyme

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
Whalebone Cove addition (photo: © David Gumbart/TNC).

Nearly 50 acres in Lyme, Conn., will become part of the Whalebone Cove Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, thanks to collaboration of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy. The conserved parcel almost doubles the total acreage of the division, bringing it up to 116 acres.

Conn. farmers, UConn fighting the good fight

Aug 25th, 2014 | By

In the spirit of spreading awareness for the importance of making good choices while purchasing food, a nutritional outreach program, one of many across Connecticut, is occurring through UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and UConn Extension.

Letter: Building processing plant on Mt. Parnassus open space is inappropriate

Aug 6th, 2014 | By

The area around the Harris open space property on Mt. Parnassus has a long history of land preservation. As far back as 1933, Capt. George Comer did “give, grant, bargain, sell and confirm” the land bordering the Harris property to the state of Connecticut. This land was given to the state of Connecticut for the

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Extension Educator Jiff Martin among women honored for work in agriculture and conservation

Jul 14th, 2014 | By
UConn Extension's Jiff Martin (seond from left) with representatives from NRCS and Lisa Coverdale at Connecticut State Capitol.

The spotlight was on 12 remarkable women Thursday, June 19, at the State Capitol as Connecticut’s Conservation Partnership recognized them for their work in agriculture and natural resources conservation. This year’s theme was Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment: Stories of the Extraordinary Determination of Women, and the event honored the exceptional and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women in a non-traditional field.

Connecticut Agriculture Growth Gains National Attention

Jul 9th, 2014 | By

Connecticut may be the third smallest state in the nation, but it has a large agricultural presence – which led to the state being featured recently by the USDA on the federal agency’s website.

Governor signs law helping protect state conservation lands

Jul 9th, 2014 | By

The law grants the Commissioners of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture the explicit right to place conservation restrictions on land acquired to protect natural resources, open space or agricultural uses; and requires DEEP to create an online public use and benefit land registry containing information about state-owned conservation properties.

Hikers enlist in cause of saving Oswegatchie Hills

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

A rare coastal forest similar to the 1,000 acres in Old Saybrook known as The Preserve, Oswegatchie Hills is also deserving of the state’s help in finally securing its future as protected land.

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.

Aspetuck Land Trust receives 4.57-acre parcel of open space in Fairfield

May 14th, 2014 | By

The Aspetuck Land Trust announced it has accepted a donation of 4.57 acres of land at 199 Horseshoe Lane near Merwins Lane. The land donation means a total of 131 acres of land in Fairfield within 22 separate preserves are now managed by the land trust and designated as protected open space forever.

Prime Farmland Plots For Lease in East Haddam

May 10th, 2014 | By

Standard plots of 33’x33′ are available for $65 per year. Up to 10 plots (approx. acre) may be leased per farmer or group. Smaller plots are also available. The lease application will be available in mid-May. Plot location and quantity are based on a first come, first served paid application.

Guilford Land Conservation Trust Pays It Off

May 5th, 2014 | By
A Guilford Land Conservation Trust sign on a tree. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

The end of March marked a significant occasion for the Guilford Land Conservation Trust (GLCT): The group made its final, $100,000 payment on the 17-acre parcel of land located in the center of Westwoods.

NRCS Begins Signup for Ag Land, Wetland Conservation Easements

May 2nd, 2014 | By

Referring to the agency’s accepting applications for its new Agricultural Conservation Easements Program that makes $2 million available, initially, to Connecticut for the purchase of conservation easements on eligible agricultural lands and wetlands, Lisa Coverdale, Connecticut State Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, said: “This is an exciting new opportunity for even more people to get involved in conserving natural resources.”

Malloy announces plan to preserve coastal forest along Long Island Sound

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
This view of the Preserve area is looking south east from Essex (Route 153 in the foreground), toward Saybrook Point and Long Island Sound in the distance. The mouth of the Connecticut River is at the top left, Connecticut Valley Railroad line visible center left, and the Pequot Swamp in The Preserve is at center right. (photo: © R. Lorenz)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced a plan for the state to play a major role in purchasing and protecting as open space a sometimes-contentious 1,000-acres along Long Island Sound ironically dubbed “The Preserve” by the wanna-be developers of a housing development and 18-hole golf course on the property that is in Essex, Westbrook and, mostly, Old Saybrook.

NRCS And Partners Continue To Keep Connecticut Farmland Farming

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

Residents of Connecticut have yet another reason to celebrate Earth Day this week as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces the purchase of development rights of two more farms under the agency’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program

Stratford Delegation Applauds ‘America The Beautiful’ Grant For Stratford

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

“This grant will help continue our work of keeping what was the Pirhalla property as a working community farm,” said Rep. Terry Backer, who also serves as executive director and soundkeeper of Soundkeeper, Inc. “What was once a fallow tract of land now produces locally harvested food for Stratford residents.”

Riding the rails through the ruin of Connecticut — Chris Powell

Apr 21st, 2014 | By

Reading the governor’s press releases, Connecticut might think that preservation of farmland and prevention of “suburban sprawl” are compelling issues. Riding the train from Greenwich to Hartford gives a contrary impression. Thanks to Amtrak, such a trip is still possible for those who can deal with the bumps, shuttered washrooms, and clogged toilets.