On March 18, approximately 450 conservationists joined us for our 33rd annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference.  If you were in attendance, thank you!  We had a great time; I hope you did too. (Conference wrap-up is HERE.  Photos are HERE.)
For me, the plenary session brought a mix of emotions.  After an uplifting award ceremony honoring the work of five amazing people and organizations in advancing land conservation, we heard a compelling and provocative keynote address from Dr. Bilal Sekou, urging us to work together to address the challenges to the environment that lie ahead.  It was intense.
Yet, as I looked out at the sea of faces in Beckham Hall and talked with friends and colleagues throughout the day, I felt nothing but optimism, enthusiasm, and commitment.   
Yes, we are facing some scary challenges, but Connecticut's land conservation community is strong, vocal, passionate, and undeterred!   Together we make excellent things happen.
With appreciation for all you do,
P.S. If you haven't already responded to our Call to Action, that's okay!  Today is as good a day as ever to contact your legislators and speak up for land conservation.  More HERE.  
Legislative update is HERE.
With past and current Steering Committee Chairs, Alicia Sullivan, recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award (center), and Catherine Rawson.