Still time to Sign-On to Protect Your Public Lands!

Dear Connecticut Land Trusts,

The 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began this past Wednesday (1/4). We have already been hard at work talking with legislators about CLCC's 2017 priorities, including support for amending the Constitution to better protect public lands from being sold, traded, or given away in the General Assembly without appropriate public input.  

Quick Background on the Constitutional Amendment:   Resolution Act 16-1 was passed in 2016 -- and must be passed again in 2017 -- to enable the citizens of Connecticut to vote at the ballot box to amend the constitution and ensure that the General Assembly cannot require the sale, swap, or giveaway of State-owned public lands without 1) holding a public hearing, and 2) holding a 2/3rds majority vote in both chambers for the specific public lands proposed for transfer.

Your Support is Needed!  On December 1, we asked you to join us in signing-on to a letter to the members of the General Assembly which explains the reforms necessary to better protect public lands.  To date, over 80 organizations have signed-onto the letter, which is also set forth below.

If your land trust has already signed-on … THANK YOU!  This constitutional amendment is a big deal for land conservation in Connecticut and your support is critical to our advocacy efforts.

If your land trust is not on the list, there’s still time to sign-on!   Please contact me at abpaterson@ctconservation.org and Eric Hammerling, Executive Director, CT Forest & Park Association, at ehammerling@ctwoodlands.org by Wednesday, January 11th if you would like to add your land trust to the list of supporters.

Thank you!  Together, we WILL 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.

With best regards,

Amy

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director
Connecticut Land Conservation Council
16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT 06481
860-614-8537

www.ctconservation.org