Gardeners ‘reclaim’ controversial lot

May 3rd, 2013 | By

On Wednesday morning, a group of about 15 Middletown residents and students gathered on a vacant lot near the intersection of Washington and Pearl, raking leaves, picking up trash, and replanting what was once a community garden. In addition to being the target of such rogue agriculturists, this lot was recently chosen by a large developer to be part of a new strip mall complex that would span most of the block, requiring the demolition of neighboring homes.

Robert Miller: Trust among land trusts

Apr 27th, 2013 | By

Representatives from six land trusts in the area — in Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown and Ridgefield — have begun meeting cooperatively. The Land Trust Alliance is helping the six groups. It’s assigned a case rider — a paid staff worker with lots of expertise — to the group. Each of the six will

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Leaving land as a legacy in the Last Green Valley

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By

The Morse House in the Yale-Myers Forest in Eastford was the site of a land legacy workshop on April 18. Landowners gathered to hear a presentation by Quiet Corner Initiative Coordinator Shane Hetzler, forester Steven Broderick with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, attorney William Dakin, and Lindsay Michel, the Land Conservation director

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Lyme Land Trust Creates 437 Acre Preserve

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

An acquisition of land from Lyme Selectman Peter Lord and his wife Diana has expanded Lyme Land Trust grounds in Hadlyme to create The Banningwood Preserve, a forest refuge open to the public.

Storrs Center next to the University of Connecticut showcases smart growth | Tom Condon via The Hartford Courant

Apr 4th, 2013 | By

Most of the 190 apartments in the next phase are mostly spoken for, even though the building is under construction. “The demand has been amazing,” said Howard Kaufman of master developer LeylandAlliance LLC. That this was done in the recession years makes it all the more remarkable. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Tom Condon in The Hartford Courant.

Norwalk’s Hoyt Island will become bird sanctuary

Apr 4th, 2013 | By

Hoyt Island, a small island that sits in Long Island Sound between the Norwalk communities of Village Creek and Wilton Point, will become a bird sanctuary. The island is small, but potentially valuable as a resting spot for migrating songbirds and perhaps even nesting waders, such as herons and egrets.

Shelton Gets Award For Conservation Excellence

Mar 27th, 2013 | By

Members of the Shelton Conservation Commission, Trails Committee, and Shelton Land Trust accepted the 2013 “Excellence in Conservation” Award from the Connecticut Land Conservation Trust Saturday at the organization’s annual meeting at Wesleyan.

Bill repeals Haddam Land Swap

Mar 21st, 2013 | By

Sec. 10. Section 8 of special act 11-16 is repealed, (/Effective from passage/), which repeals the……Haddam Land Swap. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

Campaign to Save Coogan Farm in Mystic Reaches Milestone

Mar 14th, 2013 | By

With the recent award of a $500,000 state grant, the Campaign for Coogan Farm has now raised over $2.6 million towards its $3.5 million goal to conserve the 34-acre parcel as a natural historic park.

Thomaston farm owners challenge tax changes to their property

Mar 2nd, 2013 | By

THOMASTON — A change in tax status for some Thomaston farms has yielded a jump of more than $1 million in the town’s grand list, but is being challenged by many farm owners. For more on this story, visit: Thomaston farm owners challenge tax changes to their property – Thomaston – Foothills Media Group.

Time to renew the fight against sprawl in Connecticut, Tom Condon

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

The state’s 2013-1018 Conservation and Development Policies Plan has been completed and sent to the General Assembly for approval. The plan is excellent; it calls for the kind of smart growth that Myron Orfield and others have urged on the state.

Foothills Media Group Editorial: Farmers aren’t nuisances

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

This week, Torrington became the latest municipality in Connecticut to approve a right-to-farm ordinance that shields legitimate farmers—those operating on at least three acres of land—from lawsuits.

Land Trust pushing to protect 421,000 acres in Western and Central Mass

Feb 20th, 2013 | By

An area running north from Connecticut to Quabbin Reservoir and points east – are vulnerable to development.

Wethersfield council rescinds decision to sell Wilkus Farm to developer

Feb 12th, 2013 | By

The Wilkus Farm house and barns are back in the hands of a farmer, granting residents’ wishes.

Fifth graders, Redding Land Trust trust collaborate on signs

Jan 25th, 2013 | By

A collaboration between fifth graders at John Read Middle School and the Redding Land Trust continues to enrich a local nature preserve with the upcoming installation of an informational sign in the Saugatuck Falls Natural Area.

Kent saves 241 acres of open space

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

KENT — The Kent Land Trust has acquired 241 acres of woodland in the town’s northeast corner, preserving the central portion of 1,000 acres of protected land. For more on this story, visit: Kent saves 241 acres of open space – Connecticut Post. ALSO: The Kent Land Trust has added a 241-acre parcel to its

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Village sells old reservoir property to private owner

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

Olivia O’Reilly of Ridgefield, Conn., paid $5,000 for an 18.11-acre property in Dresden, Pa., which includes the Pike Brook Reservoir and an adjacent stone dam.

Couple chasing farm dream | subscription

Jan 19th, 2013 | By

Research, hard work part of effort to find land For John and Kate Suscovich, the eggs — and other organic edibles — came way before any chickens. In fact, the 20-something urbanites-turned-aspiring farmers’ future chickens are not yet even eggs. But for the married couple, a vision of raising birds and plants has already hatched.

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Plainville receives funds to buy damaged homes –

Jan 14th, 2013 | By

Plainville town officials have received more than $2.5 million from federal emergency officials to buy and demolish 14 homes in the Pequabuck River flood plain. The initiative will enable flood-prone areas to be returned to open space. The funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency covers 75 percent of the estimated cost of the 14

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Berlin receives grant for Chotkowski property

Jan 12th, 2013 | By

Berlin has been awarded a $500,000 Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition grant to purchase and preserve the Chotkowski property. The grant will help buy two rear parcels of the property. For more on this story, visit: Town receives grant for Chotkowski property – The Berlin Citizen: Berlin News, Sports, Photos And More!.