July 21, 2014
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.
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.
The Nature Conservancy: is looking for a few volunteers to help with an invasive plant monitoring project where a dam was removed in Stonington, CT (in 2012). The roughly 2 acre impoundment has converted back to riparian habitat and meadow with the beautiful stream restored to its historic channel. As part of our commitment to the property owner (and permit obligation for our Army Corps permit), we are conducting an annual invasive plant foray. This is a private property and space is limited. Volunteers must be pre-registered. If you are skilled at identifying invasives and would like to help us, please contact me, Sally Harold, Director of River Restoration and Fish Passage, CT Chapter (203) 226-4991 x113 or by email, email@example.com We will be meeting August 14 at 9:30 AM.
Invasive Plants 2014: Where Are We Now? Presented by the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) Tuesday, October 7, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Student Union, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT This 7th biennial conference features national, regional, and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for managing invasive plants, promoting non-invasive plants and improving wildlife habitat. The symposium is open to the public and will include introductory information about invasive plants. For more information go to www.cipwg.uconn.edu
Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group 2013 Annual Report Available
The 2013 CIPWG Annual Report is now available. The report includes general information about CIPWG and its members, the CIPWG website, meetings and workshops presented during the year, invasive plant pulling parties, and activities and events that CIPWG members organized or in which they participated. You can follow the link to view it on the CIPWG website at www.cipwg.uconn.edu. The Annual Report is also included in the Connecticut Invasive Plants Council Eleventh Annual Report.
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. www.ct.gov/deep/eab and www.ct.gov/caes