Newly Protected Land along Five-Mile River in Connecticut Helps Link Protected Areas in Three States

Jul 12th, 2012 | By

The Wyndham Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy announced the protection of 124 acres of important habitat along the Five-Mile River in the Quinebaug River basin in Thompson, Conn.

This land, bisected by the Five-Mile River in northeastern Connecticut, links conservation lands in three states—Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island—and supports habitat for several state-listed species, they said. Click on this environmental headline for more of this story.

East Lyme voters approve 300-acre Darrow Pond purchase

Jul 3rd, 2012 | By

Voters in East Lyme approved a $4.23 million bond act to acquire 300 acres of rolling fields and mature maple and oak forests for water quality protection and as community open space, according to the Trust for Public Land’s Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Land&People magazine. Click on this environmental headline for more of this story.

Vernon: Tankerhoosen Wildlife Management Area created

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

The department held a ceremony Friday announcing its purchase of the a 450-acre parcel for $3 million. The acquisition preserves and protects a large portion of the river, the only natural brown and brook trout waterway in the Connecticut River basin, department officials said.

Aspetuck Land Trust opens new nature preserve

Jun 10th, 2012 | By

Aspetuck Land Trust has announced that has acquired the 34-acre Randall’s Farm Nature Preserve, a scenic expanse of meadows, small ponds, forested wetlands and hardwood forest is open to the public and available for hiking and nature study. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

164 Acres Of Suffield Farmland Preserved

Dec 3rd, 2011 | By

The town and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture have purchased development rights for 164 acres of farmland, preserving two adjoining properties on Phelps and Quarry Roads.

Connecticut Audubon Society to Develop Conservation & Management Plan for Aspetuck Land Trust’s Trout Brook Valley Preserve

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

The Aspetuck Land Trust announced plans in October this year to work with the Connecticut Audubon Society to develop an adaptive management and conservation strategy for the Trout Brook Valley Preserve. The objective is to gather information to help ALT maintain Trout Brook Valley in a natural state while simultaneously supporting its public use goal encouraging passive recreational use and enjoyment of the property. Click on this environmental headline to read more on this story from Twan Leenders, Conservation Biologist with the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Conservation Land Transfers Add to Protected Areas of Silvio O. Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Nov 16th, 2011 | By

The protected area of the Silvio O. Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge has grown, and the public will gain enhanced access in a place of significance to American naturalist history, with transfer by The Nature Conservancy of 96 acres of land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The transfer includes a 40-acre parcel in East Hampton that contains a half-mile of Pine Brook, a direct tributary of the Salmon River. This property was transferred jointly by The Nature Conservancy and the Middlesex Land Trust.

Cedar Mountain: Report Suggests That Newington Preserve Cedar Mountain

Aug 19th, 2011 | By

A report by an independent panel of experts on a proposed subdivision on Cedar Mountain suggests the town should consider buying the land to preserve as open space.

Earth Matters: The Highlands are right here | Robert Miller, The Danbury NewsTimes

Jul 26th, 2011 | By

The 3.5 million-acre swath of the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut known as the Highlands, runs through Danbury up into the state’s northwest corner.

Connecticut DEEP, Avalonia Land Conservancy Acquire Coastal Property in Stonington

Jul 26th, 2011 | By

The Connecticut DEEP and the Avalonia Land Conservancy today announced that they have jointly acquired a 16-acre parcel of coastal grassland on Wequetequock Cove in the Town of Stonington, CT. The acquisition expands what is now a 2.4-mile corridor of contiguous protected open space extending from the Pawcatuck River on the Rhode Island border to Wequetequock Cove adjacent to the State of Connecticut’s Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Connecticut’s largest and most ecologically significant coastal wildlife management area.

Toll Brothers continue plan to build on Cedar Mountain

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By

The Toll Bros. made a presentation about their plans for Cedar Mountain at the town meeting tonight, Kelly Mowchan reports on Facebook.

Remington Rand site plan on deck

Feb 16th, 2011 | By

The plan to remediate the complex, available on the department’s site, calls for a series of steps, including removing storage tanks, contaminated soil and asbestos. The project will begin May 15 and is scheduled to conclude precisely six months later.

President Obama ups his committment to land preservation

Feb 14th, 2011 | By

“It’s heartening to see the President up his commitment to land conservation when many other programs take hits in the budget,” said Jesse Young, Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy.

Johnson Farm Purchase Knits Together Open Space

Feb 10th, 2011 | By

The winter woods were quiet as walkers made their way through fields and woodlands newly acquired by the Branford Land Trust.

The destruction of Cedar Mountain

Jan 21st, 2011 | By

Even though it is nestled under blankets of white and lies quiet during the long winter chill, talk about the Cedar Mountain range is starting to heat up among citizens in the towns of Newington and Wethersfield, the Newington Town Crier reports. Click the headline to read more.

Caution urged at Old Saybrook hearing on Preserve development

Jan 6th, 2011 | By

Public interest in development plans for The Preserve, which includes 114 acres of wetlands, hasn’t waned despite the project’s lengthy tangles in court.

Land trust decision vote backed by Mashantucket Pequots

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is applauding a U.S. House of Representatives vote aimed at reversing a lower court decision that made it more difficult for the federal interior secretary to put land in trust for Indian tribes, the Norwich Bulleting reports.

Another go-round for Preserve

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

After Planning Commission Chairman Robert McIntyre called the meeting in the woods to order and instructed the group to ask only site orientation questions until the next public hearing, the hiking tour of the site began.

300-Year-Old Colonial Settlement Site To Be Preserved In Connecticut

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Groton, CT — The Groton Open Space Association (GOSA) has purchased a 63-acre tract in the Poquonnock uplands of Groton with a loan from The Conservation Fund. The acquired parcel will be open to the public for passive recreation, and will function as an outdoor classroom for all ages, providing opportunities for historical and natural

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Open Space: On farewell tour, governor dispenses millions to preserve farms, save open space

Dec 19th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has spent the last few weeks working the car shocks overtime over rutted farm lanes and the grassy humps of state parks on a farewell tour, dispensing almost $25 million in farmland preservation funds and open space grants. On Jan. 5, when M. Jodi Rell leaves the Capitol in Hartford for

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