Kent Land Trust Receives National Award for Land Trust Excellence

East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve, Beemon Pond, October 2015.  Credit:  Kent Land Trust
Please join the Connecticut Land Conservation Council in congratulating the Kent Land Trust for its receipt of the 2015 National Land Trust Excellence Award, presented by the Land Trust Alliance at its annual national Rally in Sacramento, California earlier this month.
KLT received the award for its leadership and demonstrated commitment to community priorities for conservation, as exemplified by the preservation and opening of the East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve, formerly the Girl Scouts' Camp Francis.  
The Alliance produced a short video showcasing the project.  Watch it below.
KLT is no stranger to recognition for its dedication and accomplishments as a land trust and community organization.  At our 2015 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference, CLCC presented KLT President Bill Arnold with the Katchen Coley Award for Excellence in Land Conservation for his efforts and accomplishments in land preservation.  In 2010 the land trust was awarded accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, the second land trust in Connecticut to reach this distinction.  Most recently,  KLT and its partners were recognized with the Connecticut Community Foundation Trustees' Award for the Riversmart Program,  a collaborative partnership engaging residents and businesses in land use practices that can help improve the health of local rivers and their surrounding watersheds. 
KLT has established itself as central to town and regional efforts to protect defined character areas and raise environmental awareness by supporting local initiatives, providing technical assistance to other organizations, and collaborating in groups including the Litchfield Hills Greenprint, Small Area Land Trusts (SALT), and the Aspetuck Pomperaug River Partnership. 
Way to go KLT, for this well deserved honor.  
With warmest regards,
Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director
PS:  A  special note of appreciation to Connie Manes, KLT's Executive Director as well as a member of our CLCC Steering Committee and Chair of our Training & Education Committee.  Thanks for all you do, Connie, to advance conservation throughout the state!