Hartford Foundation Helps Preserve Farm Land

Aug 18th, 2013 | By

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

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Kent Land Trust to buy former camp — 253 acres

Aug 14th, 2013 | By

The property is being sold by the Girls Scouts of Connecticut. The price is $1.5 million.

Malloy Visits Glastonbury to Announce $250,000 Open Space Grant

Aug 2nd, 2013 | By

“People know about Glastonbury’s schools,” Council Chairman Stewart “Chip” Beckett III said, “but they forget about how much we value our natural resources.”

CFE applauds long-awaited conservation opportunity for ‘The Preserve’ (update)

Jul 31st, 2013 | 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)

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.”

For more on this important story of land conservation in Connecticut, click on this environmental headline!

Gov. Malloy announces plant grant application review

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

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.

Gov. Malloy Signs STS Farmland Legislation

Jul 20th, 2013 | By
A bill has been approved that will preserve more than 800 acres of farmland at Southbury Training School, a state-run institution for developmentally disabled men and women.

Some 100 people gathered Tuesday, July 16, outside of the Farm #1 building on the Southbury Training School farmlands to watch Governor Dannell Malloy sign the historic legislation that will permanently preserve and protect farmland owned by STS.

Big Victory for Water Company Land in Bethel

Jul 19th, 2013 | By

Yesterday, the voters of Bethel overwhelmingly defeated a plan to sell the Bethel Water Company assets and lands to a private water company. 72% of the people who voted opposed it. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from CFE.

Blumenthal, Murphy, Courtney introduce legislation to prevent Plum Island sale

Jul 17th, 2013 | By

The bipartisan House bill, known as the “Save, Don’t Sell Plum Island” bill, is sponsored by Congressmen Timothy Bishop and Michael Grimm from New York, and Congressman Joe Courtney of Connecticut. Save the Sound and other members of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition joined Congressman Bishop at a press conference in Orient, Long Island, to announce it.

Haddam Land Swap, One Last Time

Jul 14th, 2013 | By
Google Maps shows where Clark Creek is in Haddam.

“While the 17-acre portion of the Clark Creek Wildlife Area in Haddam will remain protected open space, we’ve come to better understand the need for better protections for the quarter-million acres of state open space. Guess it could have been worse. Much worse. So go down to this very pleasant spot on the river, and drink a toast to good fortune.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this update from the Sierra Club’s Marty Mador.

Public Hearing Continued On Rocky Hill Project

Jul 12th, 2013 | By

Questions over public access and flood protection dominated discussion during resumption of the public hearing on an application by Riverfront Future Partners for a wetlands permit for its Connecticut River waterfront project.

CFE concerned for 290 acres of pristine watershed land in Bethel/Aquarion agreement (update)

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

Under the agreement, Aquarion is allowed, and has stated that it intends, to abandon the Chestnut Ridge, Eureka Lake, and Mountain Pond reservoirs and transfer nearly 300 acres of open space back to the Town of Bethel, unencumbered by water company lands regulations that protect against over development. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from CFE.

Malloy vetoes ATV bill (update)

Jul 5th, 2013 | By

There’s good news today out of Hartford, where Gov. Malloy has vetoed a bill that could have ultimately allowed the use of all-terrain vehicles on state parks and other state lands.

Middletown Council OKs Purchase of 2,000 acres of Maromas open space

Jul 5th, 2013 | By

Middletown’s land purchase ups its open space in Maromas to 2,000 acres and the Greenskies solar energy deal will reduce the city’s energy costs and carbon dioxide emissions.

Email Governor Malloy and Ask Him to VETO a Bad ATV Bill by Tomorrow, June 21

Jun 20th, 2013 | By

Damage to trails from All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) is the #1 threat to the physical well-being of 825 miles of blue-blazed hiking trails, and many other trails around the state. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Eric Hammerling of CFPA.

Neighbors object to Southington industrial park plan

Jun 18th, 2013 | By

About 40 people came to a Planning and Zoning Commission hearing at which several Wonx Spring Road residents spoke against a proposal for a nine-lot industrial subdivision on a 33-acre parcel on the road.

Rep. Miller Ends Haddam Land Swap Saga

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
(photo: cjzurcher)

State Rep. Philip Miller (D- Haddam, Chester, Deep River, Essex) voted in favor of H.B. No. 6672, an act concerning the conveyance of certain parcels of state land. The bill included the formal repeal of the open-ended Haddam Land Swap dead brokered in 2011. “Preventing this deal will ensure state-owned lands are not developed, keeping our air, water and land clean,” Miller said. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.

Rocky Hill Farmers Have An Opportunity To Think About

Jun 5th, 2013 | By
Fair Weather Acres, Rocky HIll (facebook)

Farmers can retain ownership of farms but get aid from town and state to keep farms agricultural in future.

Same mission, new director at CT NOFA

Jun 4th, 2013 | By

Eileen Hochberg takes the reins at CT NOFA. Bill Duesing, CT NOFA’s previous long-standing executive director, is still actively involved in the cause. as organic advocate for the organization. Click on this Environmental Headlines for more on this story.

Northford farm using new tilling method

May 30th, 2013 | By

Growing restrictions put on fields in watershed areas made them less attractive to farmers. Due to restrictions, Erin O’Hare, Wallingford’s environmental planner said, the town had trouble leasing them. The town researched zone tillage and decided to make exceptions for the method on certain fields. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Andrew Ragali, of the Meriden Record-Journal via The AP and

Aspetuck Land Trust begins salt marsh restoration project in downtown Westport

May 24th, 2013 | By

Aspetuck Land Trust has announced details of a project aimed at restoring native plants, animal species and wildlife habitat to 12 acres of salt marsh in the Saugatuck River estuary in downtown Westport off the King’s Hwy bridge.