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March 16, 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.



***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

CT Soil Health Conference

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 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

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 The Annual Report is also included in the Connecticut Invasive Plants Council Eleventh Annual Report.



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