Please consider taking action related to two important bills impacting land conservation efforts in Connecticut.
PUBLIC LAND PROTECTION
Do you want to see a state park sold to a private entity?
If not, act NOW!
WHAT: Raised Bill 252 would require the state to sell 34-acres of public land located on Long Island Sound in Waterford. This property belongs to all of us. More scrutiny of this proposed divestiture is necessary before we lose this valuable and irreplaceable resource forever.
STATUS: The Government Administration and Elections (GAE) Committee is holding a public hearing on SB 252 on Monday (3/5).
HOW: Submit testimony by sending an email to the GAE Committee at any time before 10:00 a.m. on Monday (3/5) to: GAEtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Please attach your testimony to your email in either Word or PDF format and “SB252” in the subject line. Please also cc your State Legislators and please bcc me at email@example.com.
MORE INFORMATION: Action alerts with more detail and talking points are available from the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and the Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound
MUNICIPAL OPTION FOR OPEN SPACE FUNDING
Is your town represented in the Planning and Development Committee?
If so, you can make a difference at this critical moment.
WHAT: SB 181 would establish a PILOT PROGRAM to ALLOW BUT NOT REQUIRE certain municipalities to establish a fund THROUGH THEIR OWN LOCAL PUBLIC INPUT/DECISION-MAKING PROCESS to acquire, preserve, and steward open space (including water resources) and farmland at the municipal level by including a conveyance fee of up to 1% paid by buyers of real property.
STATUS: The Planning and Development (P&D) Committee held a public hearing on SB 181 on February 26 and may soon vote on the bill.
If your land trust is in a town represented by a legislator on the P&D Committee then you are in a key position to influence this proposed option for the pilot municipalities to establish an alternative program to protect and enhance open space and farmland in their communities.
Whether or not your town is named in the pilot bill, the whole state benefits from land conservation and stewardship projects, since they have positive regional impacts on wildlife, air and water quality, and climate change mitigation.