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W.A.L.T. Wildlife and Land Trusts

Defenders of Wildlife has launched a unique online tool, WALT (Wildlife and Land Trusts), designed to assist land trusts in identifying federal resources for habitat conservation. This tool serves as a comprehensive resource, enabling land trust staff to align their conservation goals with suitable federal programs, and provides necessary contact information for federal staff​​.

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Land Trust Alliance Framework and Resources for Change

The Land Trust Alliance has made available the Framework and Resources for Change, a tool to help land trusts organize learning and grow critical Diversity, Equity and Inclusion competencies, no matter where they are in their learning journey. Thanks to generous funding of an anonymous foundation and other individual donations, the Alliance hosted a webinar “Making the Most of the DEI Framework & Resources for Change” to introduce this tool and help land trust board members, staff and volunteers get started on their DEI journeys.

Resources from Conserving Northwest Connecticut: Today and Tomorrow

11/15/23 – A panel of experts from the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, Northwest Connecticut Land ConservancySave the SoundThe Nature Conservancy, and the Housatonic Valley Association discussed a new report, Conserving Northwest Connecticut: Adaptive Strategies for Accelerating the Pace of Conservation. This webinar explored how you and your organization can use the report to inform your own strategic conservation planning and educate your constituents and stakeholders.

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Cost of Community Services Studies

Farmland Information Center, 2016

“Cost of Community Services (COCS) studies are a case study approach used to determine the fiscal contribution of existing local land uses. COCS studies conducted over the last 30 years show working lands generate more public revenues than they receive back in public services. Their impact on community coffers is similar to that of other commercial and industrial land uses. On average, because residential land uses do not cover their costs, they must be subsidized by other community land uses. Converting agricultural land to residential land use should not be seen as a way to balance local budgets…”

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Dark Sky Regulation Checklist
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Pollinator Pathway

Pollinator Pathways, led by town conservation volunteers, create continuous corridors of pollinator-friendly habitats for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. The goal is to connect spaces within 750 meters, which is the average range of native bees, to ensure they have a thriving environment.

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Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) is committed to understanding and managing invasive species in Connecticut through gathering data, promoting native plant alternatives, and collaborating with experts and the public to protect the state’s ecosystems.

OSWA and UGCG Info Sessions

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) hosted a series of one-hour, lunchtime Zoom discussions on state land conservation planning and open space grant funding programs.

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Integrating Climate Adaptation into Land Conservation: A Climate-Smart Framework for Land Trusts – Point Blue
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Why Certain Conservation Easement Language Is Non-Negotiable

This resource from the Land Trust Alliance was provided by Robert Beach (Joshua’s Trust) and Ailla Wasstrom-Evans (Land Trust Alliance) at the 2023 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference. Their workshop How Stewardship and Enforcement Inform Transactions focused on transactional considerations informed by local and national trends in easement interpretation and enforcement.

Climate-Smart Stewardship

The following resources were provided by Lisa Hayden (New England Forestry Foundation) and Andrea Urbano (CT DEEP) at the 2023 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference. This presentation explained emerging forest stewardship, urban forestry and land management practices that are being defined, implemented and monitored for their climate benefits in Connecticut and across New England.

Plenary Session