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January 23, 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.



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

Statewide CT RC&D Council Meeting: the meeting is the first official meeting of the Eastern CT RC&D and King's Mark RC&D merger to create the CT RC&D Council. Scheduled for Monday, October 27, 2014 at 12 noon to be held at the Middletown Water & Sewer Department Conference Room, 82 Berlin Street, Middletown, CT. Meeting Information

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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