Gearing up for the 2017 Legislative Session

December 13, 2016

Dear Friends,

How are you feeling?

If you are like most of us working or volunteering in support of land conservation, after this particularly tumultuous election, you may be feeling a sense of trepidation about the future of policies that protect our land, water, air and human health.

Here at home, with state budget woes expected to worsen, you may also be worried about the security of funding sources for state open space programs, or that additional cuts to DEEP’s already severely reduced budget will undermine the agency’s ability to implement core programs and undertake key functions that protect our environment and support our economy.

Not a good feeling. 

So, what do we do?

With these challenges ahead, we are more determined than ever to be visible and outspoken in our advocacy for land conservation and natural resource protection, and to provide Connecticut’s land conservation community with the tools, services and leadership needed to effectively advance their conservation work throughout the state.

Here are some ways you can help.

  • Show off your success stories!  Get to know your federal and state legislators by inviting them to your events, programs and project celebrations.  There is perhaps no better ambassador for your conservation work than the land itself!
  • Speak up for land conservation!   Call, write, e-mail your legislators, send a letter to the editor, or write an article for your local paper describing a land conservation project in your community and telling them what we know:  The public is committed to funding state programs that protect open space and farmland because of the obvious benefits such projects provide to our environment, quality of life, and state and local economies.

Supporting these programs is essential to the state’s ability to both meet its conservation goals and protect the resources that make our towns more attractive for residents, tourists, and businesses.

  • Join us at the Capitol!  Starting now and continuing throughout the legislative session we’ll be offering opportunities to get involved with our advocacy work at the Capitol.  Whether sending in comments, participating in lobby days, or testifying at public hearings, your voice makes a difference!
  • Renew your membership in CLCC!  Our work at the Capitol is only possible through your organization’s generous support.  Please send in your 2016-17 membership contribution before the end of the year at the highest level possible.

Amidst all of the uncertainty, there is at least one thing of which you can be sure:  Together, we WILL continue to advocate for the funds and policies that enable you to protect the special places that define your community, keep air and water clean, and create a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Now that’s a good feeling!

On behalf of the CLCC Steering Committee, thank you in advance for your continued support and best wishes for a happy, healthy and nature-filled holiday season.

Sincerely,

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director

P.S. Please take a look at our 2017 Conservation Agenda -- our annual state and federal legislative priorities that impact land conservation in Connecticut.  We recently sent a copy to all incoming members of the Connecticut General Assembly.  View our cover letter HERE

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how can get involved with our advocacy efforts in support of land conservation, please contact me anytime at abpaterson@ctconservation.org. THANK YOU!