March 10, 2014
Welcome to the Environmental Review Team Website. The Connecticut Environmental Review Teams (ERT)are a group of environmental professionals drawn together from a variety of federal, state, regional and local agencies to form multidisciplinary environmental study teams to assist municipalities in review of sites proposed for development or preservation. The ERT operates under the guidance of the Eastern CT and King's Mark Resource Conservation and Development Areas (RC&D). The ERT is a public service that serves all 169 Connecticut towns free of charge. Eastern CT ERT serves and 86 town region and the King's Mark ERT serves an 83 town region. The mission of the ERT is to be available to help assist towns, especially those with limited resources, in meeting the challenges of development and preservation by providing information needed in order to help make these important choices.
30th Annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:30am - 4:45pm followed by a post-conference reception at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. For more information go to www.ctconservation.org
A Workshop on Trees and Tree care
to be held at 4 sites around the state
for Municipal Tree Workers, Public Works Employees,
Parks Workers, School Grounds Maintainers, State Tree Workers, Tree Board Members, Tree Wardens, Tree Volunteers and others involved in the hands-on maintenance of public trees.
Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Division of Forestry is offering an all-day workshop on trees and tree care, to be held at four different locations around the state:
February 6 - Litchfield County Extension Center, Torrington
February 10 - Middlesex County Extension Center, Haddam
February 27 - Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby
March 13 - Fort Trumbull, New London
These workshops are free and open to all who work with public trees, with a specific focus on municipal tree workers. Space is limited.
Please Bring Your Own Lunch - Coffee and Drinks will be provided.
For further information, call Chris Donnelly, CT DEEP Division of Forestry, at
(860) 424-3178 or (860) 424-3630 e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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)
“Distinguishing Invasive Plants and Native Look-a-likes in Late Winter and Early Spring.” An Aton Forest workshop led by Bill Moorhead
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.
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.