New Preserve Project Hearing Opens in Old Saybrook

Dec 16th, 2010 | By

“The Preserve” development proposal is back before the town of Old Saybrook and all future options — including a possible sale to conservationists — are on the table.

Guilford land trust honors open space advocate

Dec 14th, 2010 | By

Guilford resident Carolie Evans was hailed as the “matriarch of open space” and is being honored with a land endowment that was recently launched in her name.

Middlefield receives $500,000 grant for Powder Ridge

Dec 12th, 2010 | By

A $500,000 grant has been approved by the state Bond Commission for work on Powder Ridge infrastructure.

State Rep. Hurlburt Promotes Preservation at Forest Forum – Tolland, CT Patch

Dec 5th, 2010 | By

Democratic State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt, who represents Ashford, Tolland and Willington, spoke about the importance of land preservation at a forest conservation forum held at the West Hartford branch of the University of Connecticut on Nov. 23.

Grants From The State’s Preservation Program Keep Farmers Going And Growing

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By

Since 1978, when Connecticut began its Farmland Preservation Program, the state has purchased the development rights on 280 farms, which means that farmers can continue to farm the land or sell it someday, but never for development.

Land trust secures 50 acres in North Canaan

Nov 18th, 2010 | By

The Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust, Connecticut’s largest land trust, is pleased to announce the permanent preservation of 50 acres in North Canaan through a conservation easement donated by R. Scott Asen.

Oblong Land Conservancy Blog: The Great Swamp

Nov 13th, 2010 | By

The OLC’s most recent acquisition, the 106 acre Slocum-Mostachetti Preserve is a rare “marble hill” surrounded by The Great Swamp, located in Wingdale, acquired in partnership with Friends of the Great Swamp.

Branford Land trust gets $175G from state for Pieper property

Nov 9th, 2010 | By

The Branford Land Trust has been awarded $175,000 by the state Department of Environmental Protection to help purchase the 24-acre Pieper Property off Laurel Hill Road.

Developers still covet The Preserve; Dec. 1 hearing set

Nov 6th, 2010 | By

The seemingly endless quest of developers to turn what’s known as The Preserve into a high-end community of homes and a golf course continues.

Still room on board: Stories in Stone Along the CT River, Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m.

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By

Known for his lively presentations and published works, most recently “Stories in Stone,” author and Wesleyan professor emeritus Jelle de Boer will lead a tour of the Connecticut River aboard the Essex Riverboat Becky Thatcher Thursday, Oct. 30. Dr. de Boer taught the geology of Connecticut for more than 30 years.

State buys Sablitz Property in Hamden

Oct 18th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Jodi Rell has announced that Connecticut is adding to its holdings of open space with the purchase of the 25.7-acre Sablitz Property in Hamden.

Rell Announces $10.4 Million in Grants For Open Space

Oct 17th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has announced that state grants of $10.4 million in grants will preserve more than 2,700 acres of open space in 35 cities and towns across the state.

Claire E. Rusowicz to take helm at Rockfall Foundation

Oct 12th, 2010 | By

The Rockfall Foundation of Middlesex County has appointed Claire E. Rusowicz as the foundation’s new Executive Director effective October 18.

Despite court ruling, selectman Miller says wait and see about Preserve

Oct 7th, 2010 | By

The recent state Supreme Court decision against River Sound Development LLC in its case against the Old Saybrook Inland Westlands Commission was a “slam dunk” for those who oppose the development of the Preserve. But the contest between private property rights vs the public trust is expected to continue. via Despite court ruling, Miller says

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Panel proposed to develop Hewitt Farm

Oct 6th, 2010 | By

A committee to consist of five to seven members would be responsible for the future recreational development and oversight of the Hewitt property along Route 2, according to a plan discussed Tuesday. If anyone knows anyone with a photo of Hewitt Farm, CT Environmental Headlines would like to share one with readers. Thanks.

Court sides with Saybrook on Preserve

Sep 29th, 2010 | By

A court decision has for the second time been handed down in favor of the town in a case involving hundreds of acres that have been at the center of a tug-of-war for nearly a decade.

VIDEO: Interview with Lee Farm advocate Christine Rotello

Sep 27th, 2010 | By

Political activist and online journalist Alfonso Robinson and Marty Heiser discuss the preservation of the Lee Farm property as open space with Christine Rotello, who opposes a proposed Army reserve center at the historic site.

Sale of Riverside Park approved

Sep 22nd, 2010 | By

Following an hour of public comment, and more than two hours of debate, the City Council voted 4-3 Monday to sell 9.14 acres of Riverside Park to the U.S. Coast Guard for $2.9 million.

Winchester Land Trust gets 129 acres

Sep 16th, 2010 | By

The Winchester Land Trust has been willed 129 acres of land by the late Louis Seigman Ehrich Jr., the Winsted Journal reported Aug. 27.

Construction begins on AvalonBay in Wilton

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

After almost 11 years of bumps in the road, resistance from Wilton’s planning board and a turn at the state’s appeals process, construction has finally begun on the AvalonBay condominium development.