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April 1, 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.



3rd Annual CT Agriculture Commission Conference: "Selling Local Agriculture" Saturday April 5, 2014 at EastConn Conference Center, 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, CT from 9am-3pm. Registration Form (pdf)

Strike a Blow for Indigenous Plants: Invasive Plant Cleanup at Haddam Meadows State Park Saturday, April 12, 10:00-12:00, rain date will be Saturday, April 19th. Oriental bittersweet , a deciduous woody perennial that grows as a climbing vine or a trailing shrub has invaded Haddam Meadows State Park. Cheryl Czuba, a CT DEEP Adopt a Park Volunteer and Susan Oehl, both residents of Haddam are organizing the removal of bittersweet and other invasive plants at the park’s picnic areas on .  We will meet at the entrance parking lot by the silo. Volunteers will treat stumps and cut bittersweet and other invasive plant vines.  Volunteers are asked to wear gloves, bring hand clippers, loppers, or saws. Pickup trucks with dump stickers are also needed. Refreshments will be served and a brief history of the park given.  Youth under the age of 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Come join others who want to maintain the Haddam Meadows ‘natural beauty by stopping the spread of invasives and encouraging the growth of native plants.  Also, removing invasives can be wonderful therapy for life’s angsts.  This event is an ideal community service activity for families, 4-H clubs, Girl Scouts and Boy Scout troops, faith groups, civic groups etc.  Please contact Cheryl Czuba at or Susan Oehl at to let them know of your participation in case of rain cancellation.

“Distinguishing Invasive Plants and Native Look-a-likes in Late Winter and Early Spring.” An Aton Forest workshop led by Bill Moorhead.

Date: Friday April 11, 2014, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Aton Forest Headquarters, 270 North Colebrook Road, Norfolk, CT 06058.
Late winter/early spring is  prime season to touch up on your skil ls and get a jump on these pesky plants.  This time of year is ideal for management but identification can be tricky.  With the help of botanist Bill Moorhead you will learn to identify invasive woody plants in both terrestrial and wetland ecosystems, and distinguish them from those native plants with which they may be confused.
A brief introductory classroom session will be followed by visits to a number of field sites.  In the event of weather too severe for field work, the workshop may be changed into a lab/classroom session using fresh collected specimens. Bring a hand lens if you have one, as well as a notebook and pencil.
Please dress appropriately for weather.
Enrollment is limited to 15 participants per session.
Tuition is $95.00.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please register online at Workshops on the Aton Forest website or register by email at contact@

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group has been invited to participate in the Hamden Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Hamden Middle School, 2623 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT.  They are looking for several volunteers to set up and take down the CIPWG poster display and staff the exhibit from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Please contact Logan Senack, CT Invasive Plant Coordinator; 860-208-3900) if you can help out. This event attracted 4,000 attendees in 2013 and is an excellent opportunity to conduct educational outreach for invasive plants and their alternatives.

Willimantic River Down River Canoe Kayak Race to be held Sunday, April 13, 2014 with registration starting at 10am at the Heron Cove Park in Tolland, CT. Event Flyer (pdf)

Connecticut Land Conservation Day Celebrating YOUR Land Conservation Accomplishments
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
9:30am - 3:00pm
Legislative Office Building (LOB)
300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
Hosted by CLCC and the Trust for Public Land

You work year round to conserve and care for the land that makes your communities so special! What better time to celebrate your success stories than the week of Earth Day? Showcase your conservation projects, thank legislators for their support of open space funding, and to discuss the important work underway to protect Connecticut's forests, watersheds, outdoor recreational areas, working lands and other invaluable open spaces.
The day's events include a welcome breakfast and meet and greet, a display of land trust and municipal conservation projects in the LOB concourse, and meetings with lawmakers from your district.
DISPLAY SPACE IS LIMITED!  To reserve your spot on the LOB concourse and for more information on how to participate in this exciting opportunity to recognize YOUR achievements in land conservation, please contact CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson at or (860) 685-0785 or CLCC Steering Committee Vice-Chair and TPL State Director Alicia Sullivan at or (203) 777-7367.

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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