Len Yanniello's latest book, Hurry Down Gunntown is now available. The Kings Mark Environmental Review Team conducted a study for the Gunntown Road proposed cultural/environmental center in 1996 and Len says the ERT team is in the book!! The ERT report. HURRY DOWN GUNNTOWN: War, revolution, a land battle, a stolen boy threatened by a secret British agent, and a family frantic to get their son back are the dynamic subject matter of Hurry Down Gunntown. Set in 18th century New England and arching to the new millennia on the same land, two riveting stories become one continuous narrative. Spanning more than two centuries, the most compelling aspect is that it all really happened right here in turbulent New England. Get ready to HURRY DOWN GUNNTOWN. https://www.createspace.com/5385780
The 2015 ERT Display at the 31st Annual CLCC Annual Conference held at Wesleyan College in Middletown, CT.
Southern Pine Beetle an insect that is native in the southern United States has made it way north to Connecticut where it is not native. While our native white pine (a “soft” pine) is not at risk, pitch pine and other “hard” pines are. In its native range Southern Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) infests and kills large stands of pine. In Connecticut: http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20150331/connecticut-entomologists-warn-of-southern-pine-beetle-invasion
References for ID, control, and forest stand management: ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/011/i0640e/i0640e10e.pdf http://wiki.bugwood.org/Dendroctonus_frontalis
Newington Project Update
Toll Brothers have dropped their residential building project “Newington Walk”. The project site was 74 acres on Cedar Mountain in Newington. The ERT conducted two reviews for the town at the request of the conservation commission, the first in August of 2011, and then an update in December 2012 to address changes made to the plans. The reports can be viewed at http://www.ctert.org/ERTWebsite/ERTReviews/Newington.htm. The town will now negotiate with the property owners Tilcon to purchase the property for open space.
Land Trust Retreat for Advancement Initiative The ERT is a collaborative partner with the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) and the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) with their CT Land Trust Advancement Initiative which is being funded by the USDA-NRCS. A land trust retreat was held on January 21st in Haddam to review and refine project ideas to significantly strengthen Connecticut's land trusts and their capacity to save the region's natural heritage, agricultural lands, and its high quality of life.The land trusts invited to participate are part of a regional conservation partnership in the lower CT river valley and coastal area. Bill Logue was the evening's facilitator, working with Amy Paterson (CLCC), Rebecca Washburn (LTA), Elaine Sych (ERT), Margo Burns (RiverCOG) and Kevin Case (LTA).
For additional information please see the CTDEEP website and the CT Agricultural Experiment station website. www.ct.gov/deep/eab and www.ct.gov/caes