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Person fishing at the pond in the fall

Last week, Sylvie Boucher, CLCC’s Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow, and I traveled to Kent for a SALT (Small Area Land Trust) policy discussion meeting.  The group of local land trust representatives had a robust conversation ranging from the need for significantly more dollars and staff for the state’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program, opportunities to leverage federal grants, ideas for property tax reform, access to housing, and options for funding community projects.

Amidst the challenges of the past two years—from saving land to clearing trails, hosting hikes to addressing local food insecurity — these mostly small all-volunteer land trusts continue to tirelessly and steadily make a tangible difference in their communities and region.

As they always do, the “SALTIEs” ended their meeting by sharing updates on what they have accomplished and what lies ahead. And there was no shortage of inspiring news.

Sylvie and I left the meeting feeling energized and determined about the upcoming legislative session and exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to work with this extraordinary group, and people like you, who care—about wildlife and the environment, sustainable communities and quality of life, and the world we will be leaving our children and grandchildren.

Thank you.

Wishing you and yours a safe, happy, and outdoor-filled holiday.

Amy Blaymore Paterson
Executive Director
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P.S. On #GivingTuesday (Nov. 30) please consider giving a special gift to your local land trust to thank them for all they do.