eNews | May 27, 2022
Dear Friend,

For this month’s eNews, I had planned to share some of my takeaways from our 2022 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference. But in the aftermath of the horrific mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, I had a hard time writing that message. It can wait.

With Memorial Day upon us – an opportunity to remember all those who gave their lives in service to our nation – I wish you all a peaceful, reflective long weekend. Hopefully you and your loved ones are able to take advantage of the holiday to find some solace and relief in nature during yet another difficult time in our country. That’s what I plan to do.

We’ve got some exciting news and programs to announce in the coming weeks which we look forward to sharing with you.  Meanwhile, as always, thank you for inspiring all of us at CLCC to work hard everyday to strengthen land conservation efforts and build community connections across the state. 

We have a lot to look forward to, together.
Amy Blaymore Paterson
Executive Director

P.S. Since many of you have asked, the '22 conference session recordings will soon be available for all who registered. Stay tuned. Here are some photos from the 5/14 outdoor session to enjoy.
News Digest
Resource: CT Land Trust Maps - Drafts Available for Review
CLCC has created updated CT land trust maps. Three PDF versions are available for download: CT Land Trusts; Multitown Land Trusts; and Regional Land Trusts. Please review the maps and let us know whether your land trust's information requires any edits.

Report: 30 x 30 CT Research
CLCC and the Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy are pleased to share a new report entitled, "A Path to 30 x 30 in Connecticut" developed by Yale School of the Environment graduate students Annie Miller and Shannon Bell.

Report: CT Council on Environmental Quality Releases 2021 Annual Report on the Environment
The annual CEQ report is an unbiased assessment of Connecticut’s natural environment, both positive and negative, during the 2021 calendar year. While it finds that the state's environment is better than it was ten years ago, it also provides sobering stats on, among others, CT's lagging pace of land conservation.

Report: Exploring Land Conservation's Impact on Property Taxes in New England
The researchers used data from more than 1400 towns and cities in New England from 1990 to 2015 finding that the impact of new land protection on local property tax rates was small in most communities.

Grant: Land and Climate Grant Program
Funding is available to help land trusts and other eligible entities to integrate climate science into strategic land protection plans or forest stewardship plans, as well as for strategic conservation planning or communications technical support. Deadline: 6/8/22

Grant: 30 x 30 Federal Funding Available
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is now accepting proposals for the 2022 America the Beautiful Challenge. The goal for this challenge is to direct over $1 billion in grants over the next five years toward land, water, and wildlife conservation efforts nationally. Deadline: 7/21/22

Survey: American Farmland Trust Solar Siting Survey
American Farmland Trust invites farmers and farm landowners to participate in this anonymous survey on solar siting in Connecticut.
Deadline: 7/15/22
Job Opportunities
Multiple Positions – Housatonic Valley Association

Multiple Positions – Connecticut Forest & Park Association

Multiple Internships – Steep Rock Association

Multiple Positions – Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy

Multiple Positions – Conservation Law Foundation

Land Steward – Greenwich Land Trust
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