A Southington resident has donated a 4,200-square-foot lot off Belmont Avenue to the town, which town officials were happy to add to the open space roster.
The Trust For Public Land is trying to raise $12 million through a combination of state and town funding, along with private donations, to purchase and preserve the land. The effort has been supported by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Connecticut Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy. For more on this story, visit: Old
State and federal agriculture officials agree that Connecticut’s farmland preservation program is in trouble and stands to lose millions in federal funding. What they disagree on is who is to blame.
An important bill to preserve lands under the control of the DEEP and the Department Of Agriculture will help protect Connecticut’s open space by permanently preserving state lands of high conservation value: Boucher.
Connecticut’s Farmland Restoration Program was proposed by Gov. Malloy and established through legislation passed by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011 as part of the jobs initiative. It provides matching support to farmers to reclaim fallow farmland and bring it back into agricultural production.
Earlier this month, the Farm Bill passed both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by the President. While the bill isn’t perfect, it does contains a number of victories for conservation that will yield significant benefits to birds and other wildlife. The biggest win is the inclusion of conservation compliance. This
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.
Elicker has worked with the Yale Office of Sustainability and served as a sustainability consultant to numerous companies. He has a dual master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management. He will manage all aspects of the organization’s administration and programs and be charged with organizing and strengthening the Land Trust’s already robust network of volunteers in running programs, raising funds and increasing the visibility of the organization.
The land trusts — Bethel Land Trust, Brookfield Open Space Legacy, The Land Trust of Danbury, New Fairfield Land Trust, Newtown Forest Association and The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield — are calling their association The Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition.
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.
Rochford Field is a heavily used town park located within the larger Newhall Street Neighborhood Remediation Project that was built several decades ago on top of many feet of contaminated fill. The state funding will assist the town in remediating the land that will include covering the park by an impermeable liner and a drainage layer, and then backfilling it with approximately two feet of clean soil.
East Lyme is slated to receive $200,000, half of which would be used to buy the 41-acre Bayreuther property overlooking the Niantic River. On January 7, State Senator Andrea Stillman (D-Waterford) joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, State Rep. Ed Jutila (D-East Lyme, Salem) and State Rep. Betsy Ritter (D-Waterford, Montville) to announce a state grant to purchase
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
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy toured Connecticut Hydroponic Farm in East Hartford, which received a Production Loss Assistance Needed Today (PLANT) grant of over $79,000 to help recover from damage incurred as a result of February’s severe snowstorm. Governor Malloy established the PLANT grant program in June to provide emergency assistance to the Connecticut farms that suffered unrecoverable losses in production and property damage in 2013 due to severe weather events.
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.
How do we work with Nature? Left to her own devices, Nature moves in four directions. 1. Toward more organic matter. 2. Toward greater biodiversity 3. Toward greater structural complexity, and 4. Toward greater metabolic stability. All of these are important parts of organic thinking and methods. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut