***ATTENTION LAND TRUST MEMBER*** The ERT has one ticket available for free to the first land trust member who calls our office for the event this weekend, details below. Call 860-345-3977
31st Annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference: ERT is a sponsor for this event and will also be an exhibitor. Join us Saturday March 21, 2015 from 8:30am - 4:45pm at Wesleyan University- Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT. The Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) will have a full day of educational workshops and peer-to-peer networking for those involved in land conservation, followed by an informal reception with friends and colleagues from across the state. The Connecticut Land Conservation Conference is the state’s largest annual full-day land conservation gathering, and CLCC's premier event. Now in its 31st year, the annual Conference provides an opportunity for affordable and dynamic training for members of the state's conservation community, including board members, staff and volunteers from Connecticut’s 137+ land trusts, land use professionals and volunteers, municipal land use commission members, advocates, environmental educators, students and others interested in land conservation. To register or for more conference information go to:www.ctconservation.org/2015-Conference
FARM TO INSTITUTION SUMMIT
Farm to Institution Summit registrtion is now online! Register by March 2nd to take advantage of the early bird rates and save $20 per day. You're welcome to register for one, two or three days of the conference.
Date: April 7-9, 2015
Location: UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
The event planning team is excited to offer a special rate of only $40 per day for farmers, students and AmeriCorps service members. Select this option when registering online.
Regular Registration Rates
One Day: $75
Two Days: $140
Three Days: $200
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).