The Connecticut General Assembly honored Robert Houlihan at the Housatonic Valley Association’s annual meeting recently with a special citation recognizing his years of dedication to conserving the natural environment of the Housatonic River Watershed and making the state a better place in which to live. Houlihan has just completed a five-year term as HVA president.
This is a short online survey for farmers and growers in Connecticut. The DEEP wants to learn who has a relationship with gleaning groups on their farm.
Mayor-elect David Martin attended the annual meeting of the Stamford Land Conservation Trust and shared his vision to create a greater connection between Long Island Sound and the City.
What began as a twice-a-day, handmilking operation is now a bit more complicated with about 80 cows on the farm including dry cows, replacement heifers and other young stock. More than 20 cheeses, many of them award winning, are made on site. Cato Corner cheeses are well-known at local farmers markets in Connecticut, but can also be found at top-notch restaurants in New York City and Boston.
Connecticut Water Company has presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to the Killingworth Land Conservation Trust (KLCT) to help fund the purchase of 52 acres of land off Roast Meat Hill Road. The land, known as the Welter Property, includes a major tributary stream in the watershed of Connecticut Water’s Kelseytown Reservoir that is the primary source of drinking water for the company’s customers in the towns of Clinton, Madison, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.
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The Community Farm provides the incubator farmers with storage space, equipment and fencing to keep animals away from the farm plots.
A nearly 300-year-old farm, which remains active, will be preserved in an easement grant to protect the 138-acre property going forward. Farnham Farm, owned by the family of Anne Howson Fellows since 1735, plans to grant major portions of the property to two trusts: The Morris Land Trust and the Connecticut Farmland Trust.
Coogan Farm, which dates back to 1641 and is one of the oldest farms in New England, will be protected and turned into a nature center, The Trust for Public Land and Denison Petquotsepos Nature Center announced. The Trust for Public Land bought the property for $2.8 million from the Clara Morgan Coogan Trust and sold it to the Denison Petquotsepos Nature Center (DPNC), which will protect and manage it through nature programs for participants of all ages.
“Connecticut forests in the latter part of the last century and now are in about as good shape as they have been in two centuries,” said David R. Foster, director of Harvard University’s Harvard Forest in Petersham, Ma., and chairman of the board of Highstead, a forest conservation and education organization based in Redding.
Aspetuck Land Trust’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the election of Dick Ritzel of Easton as the new president of the open space preservation organization founded in 1966. The trust today owns or manages more than 1,700 acres of conserved open space in Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport.
The fifth generation of Medlyn farmers may need to choose another career path other than farming, as their family’s 133-year old farm may not be around to survive another season.
People working to preserve Plum Island on the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound welcomed the help of the Southold, N.Y., Town Board, which last week unanimously approved zoning for Plum Island that would prevent residential development there. But that doesn’t mean Connecticut advocates and officials are going to stop trying to pass a federal
The property, located off Grantville and Winchester roads, has long been considered a preservation priority by federal and state officials because of its headwater stream to the Mad River and as part of a contiguous corridor of more than 2,000 acres of protected forestland.
The federal government has reaffirmed it plans to sell Plum Island, finalizing the environmental review of the animal disease research site off Long Island, even though environmental regulators and some lawmakers say there’s not enough information about the effects of selling it. The General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security issued what’s called a
Grants totaling $365,000 will help preserve open space and farm land in Bolton, Bloomfield and Ellington, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving announced Friday. With aid from a $60,000 grant, the Manchester Land Conservation Trust bought 13 acres known as the Risley Apple Orchard in Bolton, according to a statement from the foundation. The property
The property is being sold by the Girls Scouts of Connecticut. The price is $1.5 million.
“People know about Glastonbury’s schools,” Council Chairman Stewart “Chip” Beckett III said, “but they forget about how much we value our natural resources.”
After 15-Year Fight, a deal has been reached to purchase the thousand-acre forest in eastern Connecticut for conservation purposes.
“This is a momentous development in protecting Connecticut’s open space,” said Roger Reynolds, legal director and director of land protection programs for CFE. “This agreement finally gives Connecticut the opportunity to conserve one of the last major unprotected coastal wetland and coastal forest complexes between New York City and Boston.”
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today that the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Department of Economic and Community Development, has been diligently reviewing requests for the recently announced PLANT (Production Loss Assistance Needed Today) Grants since the July 15, 2013 application deadline.