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October 26, 2015
Welcome to the Connecticut Environmental Review Team Program Website.
A program of the Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Areas: Eastern CT and King’s Mark. The Connecticut Environmental Review Team Program provides assistance to all Connecticut municipalities and Land Trusts in meeting the challenges of land use decision making.

CT ERT assists municipalities and land trusts, at no cost, in the review of projects with an emphasis on open space, natural resource and agricultural planning, by coordinating a group of environmental professionals drawn from a variety of federal, state, regional and local agencies and consultants to form multidisciplinary environmental study teams. CT ERT provides state and federal grant information and grant assistance for open space/natural resource projects after the completion of an ERT review and /or independent of a previous ERT. CT ERT provides technical assistance in the form of a referral service in the coordination of meetings with local, state and federal agencies to all municipalities.



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.

2015 CLCC Conference - ERT Display

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:

References for ID, control, and forest stand management:


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 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).

CT Land Trust Retreat for Advancement Initiative

ERT Team Members Wanted We are actively recruiting new ERT Team Members for the program. If you are interested please complete the form to your left under ERT Team Members.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
The other big forestry topic is the emerald ash borer, now known to be in 15 towns (confirmed in: Prospect, Naugatuck, Bethany, Beacon Falls, Waterbury, Cheshire, Oxford, Middlebury, Hamden, North Branford, Southbury, Sherman, Southington, Watertown, Newtown) and the 4 western counties. The Tree Wardens Association had an excellent meeting in December (EAB management - A Municipal Approach) regarding managing for EAB - very eye-opening.

For additional information please see the CTDEEP website and the CT Agricultural Experiment station website. and



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