eNews | April 30, 2021
New CT Conservation Partnership Program Selected for USDA Funding
CLCC and CT DEEP awarded more than $6.7 million
Earlier this week, CLCC and CT DEEP announced a new public-private partnership, the Connecticut Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP).

This partnership establishes a coordinated process by which land trust applicants to DEEP’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program (OSWA) may apply to the federal Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) program as a source of match funds. CCPP has been awarded more than $6.7 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Administered by CLCC, the program components include technical support from the Connecticut Farmland Trust and Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy for land trusts applying to ALE for matching funds and a grant program to provide financial assistance to land trusts for due diligence and transaction costs. The five-year program is targeted to commence in late 2022.

This exciting news could not have come at a better time of challenge and opportunity for Connecticut's land trusts:  

The nation has committed to protecting 30 percent of its land and ocean areas by 2030 (30x30). The Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality reported that Connecticut's land conservation efforts are not nearly on pace to achieve its goal. The public’s need for equitable access to the outdoors has never been more important and impactful.

This partnership comes at a time when the Connecticut legislature is considering numerous proposals to invest in programs (like OSWA) and legislation (like HB 6441) that are essential to maximizing ALE and other federal dollars.  
Against this urgent backdrop, we look forward to launching the Connecticut Conservation Partnership Program to leverage critical federal match dollars for more land trusts to pursue local, regional, and statewide land conservation projects that protect our environment, public health, and economic well-being in municipalities across Connecticut.
Amy Blaymore Paterson
Executive Director
P.S. Two other Connecticut projects also received RCPP funding, bringing more good news to land trusts and farmers. Read more here >>
Learn Alongside Us
This month's blog post, "Thoughts on Imposter Syndrome and Inclusivity" comes from CLCC Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow Yaw Owusu Darko.

"Inclusivity is not tokenism. It is much more than a symbolic gesture. It must be a continual process of acknowledgment, understanding, acceptance, and validation. Inclusive organizations can nurture environments in which people of color do not experience imposter syndrome and are able to contribute the full measure of their skills and expertise." 

Psssst...Sneak a peek at next week's CLCC happenings...
Watch for announcements!
A series of lunchtime roundtables
June 8, 10, 15 & 17

Celebration and Guest Speaker TBA

Annual Amateur Photo Contest Featuring OSWA-Funded Properties
Land Trusts in the News
Groton Open Space Association (GOSA)
Brook running in between trees
104-Acres Protected!
Last week, the Groton Open Space Association acquired the 104-acre Sheep Farm South, funded in part by a CT DEEP Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition (OSWA) Grant.

The property was a continuous farm from the 18th century to the 1990s. It is open to the public from dawn to dusk.

Sharing your land trust's amazing news and photos has never been easier. CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED. We'll take care of the rest!
Funding Opportunities
Beekeeping boxes on a farm with trees in the background
The CT River Paddlers Trail Executive Committee is offering mini grants for site funding and maintenance. Deadline: 5/1/21

The EPA has opened up to $6 million in grant funding through their Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program. Deadline: 5/7/21

The EPA is accepting applications for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG). Deadline: 5/7/21

The CT Federation of Lakes, Inc. has announced their request for proposals for the 2021 CT Lake Grants Program. Deadline: 5/15/21

The EPA is now accepting applications for the 2021 Healthy Communities Grant Program. Deadline: 5/20/21

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is seeking proposals for the 2021 Long Island Sound Futures Fund. Deadline: 5/27/21

One Tree Planted is seeking CT organizations on reforestation projects. They fund projects ideally ranging from 5,000 to 50,000 or more seedlings.

The Beaver Institute provides grants through the CT Beaver Initiative to land trusts and other landowners to non-lethally resolve conflicts with beavers. Rolling deadline.

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) has established the 2021 Restoration and Resilience Fund to assist public lands impacted by increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rolling deadline.
Job Opportunities
Summer Trail Crew Leader - CT Forest & Park Association

Multiple Positions - CT River Conservancy

Multiple Positions - Housatonic Valley Association

Seasonal Land Stewards - Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy

Executive Director - Rhode Island Land Trust Council
Tip of the Month
Mask Off, Straps Off
Graphic with blue background and text that reads Mask Off Straps Off. Remove straps from disposable masks and throw both the straps and mask in the trash not a recycling bin
Dr. Masood Mohammed from Massachusetts has started a campaign Masks Off, Straps Off to bring awareness for properly disposing masks. Wildlife, especially birds, are at risk of getting caught in the straps of masks.

Unfortunately, single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) is not recyclable. Properly dispose of your PPE by cutting off the straps and throwing both the straps and mask in the trash.

CLCC land and wave
Photo Credits
Amy, Josie & Harriet - CLCC; Yaw Staff Photo - CLCC; Sheep Farm South - GOSA; Beekeeping at Macricostas Preserve - Katharine Lange; Mask Off, Straps Off graphic - Mask Off, Straps Off Campaign
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