State Parks and Forests Aren’t as Protected as You Think

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

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.

Gov. Malloy announces funds for Rochford Field remediation in Hamden

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

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.

State Grant To Expand Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

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

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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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Malloy tours East Hartford lettuce farm recovering and growing with help from plant grant

Dec 13th, 2013 | By

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.

State honors HVA president

Dec 6th, 2013 | By
Tony Zunino, HVA president, presents Bob Houlihan with the Charles Downing Lay Environmental Leadership Award, HVA's highest honor. (contributed photo)

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.

Please help gleaning efforts in CT: Take the Gleaning in CT Survey

Nov 25th, 2013 | By

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 Meets With Stamford Land Trust

Nov 20th, 2013 | By

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.

Farm Illustrates Challenges of Growing in Conn.

Nov 13th, 2013 | By

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 donation helps Killingworth Land Conservation Trust Preserve 52 Acres

Nov 10th, 2013 | By
Les Riblet, Bob Broach, Terry O’Neill, Bruce Dodson, Sue Davenport, Eric Thornburg and Catherine Iino at Welter Property for Connecticut Water’s donation of $25,000 to the Killingworth Land Conservation Trust. (contributed)

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.

Organic Agriculture and Thinking in three parts, By Bill Duesing, Organic Advocate

Oct 30th, 2013 | By

  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

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Community Farms Of Simsbury Teaches Skills To New Farmers

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

The Community Farm provides the incubator farmers with storage space, equipment and fencing to keep animals away from the farm plots.

Farnham Farm in Morris Is Conserved

Oct 18th, 2013 | By

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.

One of oldest farms in New England, preserved

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

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.

Lush And Leafy Forests Will Need Protection

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

“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.

Aspectuck Land Trust announces new leadership

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
Outgoing president, Princie Falkenhagen, poses with incoming president Dick Ritzel of Easton. (photo: Don Hyman)

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.

Future of Historic Branford Farm In Jeopardy

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

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.

Connecticut preservation advocates hail new Plum Island zoning

Sep 4th, 2013 | By

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

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Norfolk Land trust finalizes 311-acre land buy

Sep 2nd, 2013 | By

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.

Gov’t reaffirms it will sell ex-lab island off NY

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

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

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