Preservation

Councilors not happy with Coast Guard’s Riverside Park proposal (update)

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

City councilors who have reviewed the U.S. Coast Guard’s offer to buy 10.25 acres of Riverside Park for $2.4 million say they can’t support the proposal.



Bushy Hill Orchard In Granby Reopening

Sep 5th, 2010 | By

The 70-acre Bushy Hill orchard, soon to be renamed Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard, may not be the state’s largest farm, but it certainly must be one of best loved. Just over a year ago, the possibility loomed that the site could share the fate of many other Connecticut farms: The land could become

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Brookfield voters to vote on Gurski Referendum Sept. 7

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By

The Gurski Homestead property on Obtuse Hill Road has been termed one of Brookfield’s crown jewels. It is the site of an 1890 farmhouse, an antique barn, a historic cemetery, a 1940s forge.



Non-Native Beetles Have Potential to Devastate State Forests

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has reminded residents and visitors to be aware of the serious threat that non-native beetles pose to thousands of acres of Connecticut forests, particularly those with stands of maples, birches, elms and willows. The governor urged residents to be on the lookout for the Asian Longhorned beetle and the Emerald Ash borer. Both are highly destructive and invasive forest pests.



Westerly Land Trust adds acres along Crandall Swamp

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By

The Westerly Land Trust has announced that it has purchased approximately 77 acres from the Celico family located on the western edge of Crandall Swamp. Trust president Harvey Perry called the acquisition “an essential component of one of the top Westerly Land Trust conservation priorities.” via Westerly Land Trust adds acres along Crandall Swamp |

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Riverside Park sale endorsed by New London panel

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By

In a 5-2 vote, the commission also attached recommendations to the referral, namely that the proceeds from any sale be put in a separate account from which only the interest would be spent on maintaining the city’s remaining parks. via Riverside Park sale endorsed by New London panel | The Day.



Crackdown on ATV riders in Shelton

Sep 2nd, 2010 | By

Authorities in Shelton want people out enjoying the great outdoors to use their cell phones and cameras to help them crack down on illegal ATV use. via Crackdown on ATV riders in Shelton | WTNH.com Connecticut.



Water fowl thriving in Fairfield coastal preserve – Fairfield Citizen

Aug 28th, 2010 | By

A swath of Fairfield marshland, preserved from development five years ago, paid off on that investment last week when a group of bird enthusiasts gathered to marvel at the water fowl that make their home in the coastal enclave. Great Salt Marsh Island, purchased by the Aspetuck Land Trust and the town of Fairfield in

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Tolland Officials Consider Preserving Properties For Farming

Aug 26th, 2010 | By

Officials are considering whether the town should forever reserve certain properties for farming use only. The land acquisition advisory committee recently discussed whether the town should create a “farmland in perpetuity” designation. Council Chairman Frederick Daniels said at Tuesday’s council meeting that he and other members of the committee consider that a policy discussion for

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Kent Land Trust Gets 28-Acre Vagts Parcel

Aug 26th, 2010 | By

An 18-month-long dream has been realized with the acquisition of a significant parcel of land on South Kent Road by the Kent Land Trust. Twenty-eight acres adjacent to the land trust’s great blue heron rookery have been donated by Detleve Vagts, whose family for many years owned a more than 220-acre South Kent farm. In

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Public Access To Glastonbury’s Minnechaug Farms Open Space

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

GLASTONBURY – Town crews are planning to build an access road and parking area at the former 152-acre Longo property, now known as Minnechaug Farm — the town’s last operating dairy farm. The property abuts another 62 acres donated to the town by Harry and Butch James. Several miles of trails run through the properties.

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Land Deal Protects 530 Acres In Willington, Mansfield

Aug 18th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Forest & Park Assoc. (CFPA) along with the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Willington First Selectwoman Christina Mailhos, Mansfield Mayor Betsy Paterson and State Representative Bryan Hurlburt announced a land conservation deal that preserves over 530 acres of forest land and hiking trails. “Connecticut’s natural environment is an important part of our character and charm

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Attend America’s Great Outdoors Listening Sessions

Jul 30th, 2010 | By

Shape the future of conservation and recreation in the United States. On August 6 in Poughkeepsie, NY, the Federal Government will host a listening session to gather your thoughts and ideas on reconnecting Americans with the great outdoors. Join senior representatives from the Department of the Interior, EPA, and the USDA at this public listening

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Court upholds preservation of key 1,000 acres in Old Saybrook, Essex, Westbrook

Jul 25th, 2010 | By

“Excellent news,” is what Connecticut Fund for the Environment said of the Connecticut Appellate Court’s decision to uphold the Old Saybrook Inland Wetlands Commission decision to deny River Sound development permits for one of the state’s largest unprotected pieces of coastal open space known as “The Preserve.” “In upholding the decision to deny the permit,

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Environmental Ministry Team Urges Preservation of 582 Acres of CT Yankee Land

Jul 22nd, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Conference's Environmental Ministry Team (EMT) has voted a resolution urging conservation of Connecticut Yankee property in Haddam Neck. The 582 acres includes three miles of river frontage along the Connecticut and Salmon rivers and has extensive natural and historical value. According to George Stone, co-chair of the EMT, members of the Haddam Neck

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Ellington Buys Development Rights Farm

Jul 21st, 2010 | By

The acquisition of development rights of the 119-acre Silverherz farm property on Pinney Street by the town and the state has been completed. The preservation of the farm is Ellington’s first joint acquisition with the state and the federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program administered by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource

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Conservation Options for Connecticut Farmland: A Guide for Landowners, Land Trusts & Municipalities

Jul 16th, 2010 | By

Abstract: Agriculture is deeply rooted in Connecticut. For generations, farms and farmers have been a cornerstone of communities throughout the state, providing: • a bounty of fresh food and produce • local jobs and tax revenues • pastoral views and recreational opportunities • wildlife habitat • clean air and water Connecticut’s agriculture is being uprooted,

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Meriden Land Trust ‘Take a Hike’ Project Espouses Becoming One With Nature

Jul 14th, 2010 | By

Dwight Needels, the current President of the Meriden Land Trust and the primary author of the Meriden Land Trust Trail Guide Brochures, sent the following information about their new, beautiful trail guides. Four Meriden Land Trust trail guide brochures debuted at this year’s Meriden Daffodil Festival, April 24 and 25. They were also made available at

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Connecticut farmers celebrating Farms, Food and Jobs bill

Jul 14th, 2010 | By

New Law Clears Hurdles for Farm-to-Consumer Sales and Helps Create Jobs Connecticut consumers will benefit from a new bill signed into law by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. House Bill 5419, also known as the “Farms, Foods and Jobs” bill will significantly expand the availability of locally grown foods at farmer’s markets and farm stands, allowing

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Governor Rell: State to Dedicate $11.25M To Preserve Open Space

Jul 9th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Wednesday that $11.25 million to preserve open space in Connecticut is expected to be approved when the state Bond Commission meets July 13. “We continue to make great progress toward our goal of protecting 21 percent of Connecticut’s land – or 673,210 acres – by the year 2023. To

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