Gov. Rell visits Cheshire to announce open space preservation

Jul 7th, 2010 | By

CHESHIRE – Governor M. Jodi Rell visited the Lock 12 Historical Park at 487 N. Brooksvale Rd. today to announce that she expects the state Bond Commission to approve $11.25 million for the preservation of open space in Connecticut. via Gov. Rell visits Cheshire – Local News from

Saving the farm: Can Connecticut meet preservation goal? | The Connecticut Mirror

Jun 21st, 2010 | By

With the increased interest in locally-grown-and-raised food has come a recent uptick in preservation of Connecticut farmland-but advocates warn that may not be enough to reach the state’s long-term goals. Despite preserving 1,370 acres of farmland in 2009, a 100 percent increase over the previous year, and an expectation to set aside even more this

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Goshen Land Trust’s holdings expand

Jun 18th, 2010 | By

On April 30th, the Land Trust purchased 22 acres of land on the Norfolk boundary in a bargain sale from owner Paul Young. Mr. Young, interested in keeping the land preserved, sold it for less than his purchase price over twenty years ago.

Connecticut’s Farmland: We Can Save It, and We Should

Jun 11th, 2010 | By

In a June 7 editorial titled “Keep Saving Farmland,” the Hartford Courant expresses some optimism about the prospects of farmland preservation, noting that the 2005 Community Investment Act, a 2007 lump sum bonding program committing $10 million annually to farmland preservation, and “other government and private funds, have created real momentum” in the effort to

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DEP: Governor Rell Commends Open Space Advocates

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

As part of the nationwide celebration of National Trails Day, which was Saturday, June 5, Gov. M. Jodi Rell commended 13 individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways — linear open space in Connecticut. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette joined Connecticut Greenways

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Keep Saving Farmland: Editorial

Jun 7th, 2010 | By

As we reacquaint ourselves with the value of local agriculture, the good news in Connecticut is that farmland preservation is up. The bad news is that we are still losing more farms than we are saving. According to the recently-released state Council on Environmental Quality’s annual environmental assessment, Connecticut is losing about 1,800 acres of

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TRell signs open-space law co-sponsored by Wright

Jun 3rd, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed into law last week a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Elissa Wright, D-Groton, that extends state protection to land towns acquire for open space, conservation and preservation. Under the new law, any land purchased through a town referendum would receive the state protection in perpetuity. via Rell signs open-space law co-sponsored

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Hiking at the Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

Trout Brook Valley, a 730-acre preserve with access at Bradley Road in Weston, was intended to be the site of golf course and luxury homes before local activists led an effort to purhase the land for preservation. via Hiking at the Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area – NewsTimes.

Greenwich residents explore wilds of Pinetum

May 24th, 2010 | By

As 60 people huddled on a trail in Montgomery Pinetum beneath the looming presence of an historic two-story stone greenhouse, Anne Young spoke about the man who made it all possible. “He was a conservationist, a preservationist, those were terms that were not in vogue then,” she said about Col. Robert Montgomery who, along with

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New Hartford residents offer suggestions for land use

May 11th, 2010 | By

NEW HARTFORD — Residents offered suggestions about long-term uses at Brodie Park South, a municipal-owned parcel of 150 acres, at a meeting Monday.

Amherst land trust marks 40 years of preservation –

May 10th, 2010 | By

AMHERST – In 1970, Hampshire College was founded, the Amherst-raised actress Uma Thurman was born, and a handful of town residents concerned about land preservation created the Kestrel Trust.

Passage of farms, food jobs bill hailed by Connecticut Farm Bureau

May 6th, 2010 | By

Clears hurdles for some farm-to-consumer sales and helps create jobs Windsor, Connecticut – In the final days of the legislative session, both the Connecticut House and Senate unanimously approved a bill dubbed the “Farms, Food and Jobs Bill,” which helps support many of Connecticut’s family farms. The Connecticut Farm Bureau, which worked hard to assure

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DEP Land Swap Serves Development – And Conservation –

May 1st, 2010 | By

In an election year, it is not unusual to hear political candidates stressing the need to create new jobs and improve our economy. Many candidates also express their commitment to efforts to protect and preserve our environment. Far too often, these goals are viewed as being mutually exclusive, but that’s not the case.

Farmington Land Trust elects two members, hears discussion on Tunxis predecessors

Apr 30th, 2010 | By

At the 39th annual meeting of the Farmington Land Trust, which took place at the Community and Senior Center in Unionville on Thursday, April 15, 2010, Dr. Ken Feder, a professor of archaeology at Central Connecticut State University, presented “The Avaricious Humour of Designing Englishmen: How the Tunxis Lost Their Ancestral Lands to the English

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Farmers, activists discuss how to support future farms at Working Lands Alliance Conference

Apr 1st, 2010 | By

“Plowing Ahead: Farmland and Preservation in 2010 and Beyond” took place Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Yale University’s carbon neutral Kroon Hall. More than 200 farmers, conservationists, anti-hunger advocates, students, locavores, and others interested in farmland preservation from across Connecticut attended the conference hosted by the Working Lands Alliance (WLA) coalition, to consider ways to

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Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition funds availalble

Mar 31st, 2010 | By

Gov. M Jodi Rell has announced that funds are available to assist cities and towns and land conservation organizations with the purchase and preservation of open space lands through the state’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 3, 2010. Be sure to use the application dated January,

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Land Deal Protects Hundreds of Acres in CT

Mar 31st, 2010 | By

A recent land deal has protected more than 500 acres of forest in Mansfield, Storrs and Willington. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports. via Land Deal Protects Hundreds of Acres in CT | Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. See also: Mansfield, Willington To Preserve 531 Acres Of Land – What started out nearly a decade ago as

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CT awarded $207K in USDA grants

Mar 29th, 2010 | By

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $207,000 in grants for Connecticut business development and resource preservation. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said over the weekend at Yale that the financial support is part of the agency's Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. via CT awarded $207K in USDA grants | Hartford Business.

Working Lands Alliance Conference Saturday, March 27, 2010, New Haven

Mar 26th, 2010 | By

Plowing Ahead: Farmland Preservation in 2010 & Beyond, Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Kroon Hall, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven. Farmers, conservationists, town officials, anti-hunger advocates, locavores, chefs, and all supporters of farmland preservation in Connecticut, join the Working Lands Alliance for its tenth anniversary to examine the past decade of

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Jones Family Farm Participates In Working Land Alliance Conference Saturday

Mar 24th, 2010 | By

More than 200 farmers, conservationists, anti-hunger advocates, students, locavores, and others interested in farmland preservation from across Connecticut will gather for a conference hosted by the Working Lands Alliance (WLA) coalition to consider ways to improve farmland access, grow community farms and link farmland protection with economic development, smart growth and public health goals. The

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