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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.

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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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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.

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Integrating Climate Adaptation into Land Conservation: A Climate-Smart Framework for Land Trusts – Point Blue
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Defending Voluntary Private Land Conservation Community Toolkit – Land Trust Alliance

Attacks on voluntary private land conservation are putting critical conservation tools at risk. Join the Land Trust Alliance in setting the record straight on the importance of voluntary private land conservation, protecting private property rights and the various tools, such as conservation easements that are needed to get the job done!

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Inclusive Birding Events Communication Tips

Read more for tips on the Birdability website to ensure your event is communicated clearly to be inclusive and inviting to all.

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New England’s Climate Imperative: Our Forests as a Natural Climate Solution: A Highstead Report

A 2022 report from Highstead explores how New England’s forests are an important climate solution and explores five pathways to increase forests’ impact.

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Northeast Bird Habitat Conservation Initiative Mapping Tool

The Northeast Bird Habitat Conservation Initiative has announced the launch of an exciting new interactive mapping tool designed to aid northeastern conservation practitioners and organizations, including regional conservation partnerships and land trusts in advancing conservation.

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Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors
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Governor’s Council on Climate Change

Learn more about the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3), as well as access reports regarding climate change in Connecticut.