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Org Tables At Seaside Sounds At Seaside Park Bridgeport July 2022 Credit CLCC

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Seaside Sounds for Environmental Justice – a community power-building festival at Bridgeport’s Seaside Park. For me, attending this festival highlighted of the importance of land conservation and stewardship in addressing systemic issues of environmental justice.

Perhaps more importantly, though, I came away with a renewed sense for the importance of collaboration, partnership, and inclusivity in our work.

As a conservation community, we sometimes neglect to see the forest for the trees. Each acre we conserve is an important accomplishment, but the impact of that acre is magnified when it provides opportunities for new audiences to connect with nature and develop a conservation imperative.

The challenges we face are too big to go it alone. We need to stay connected with one another, and just as as importantly, we need to include new partners who can help us bring conservation to a wider audience.

I hope you’ll join us at an upcoming CLCC program. We’re committed to connecting, learning, and succeeding, with you.

Aaron Lefland
Deputy Director
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P.S. Please let me know if there are opportunities for me to connect with your land trust – I’d love to join you on a hike, attend a board meeting, or grab a cup of coffee and hear what’s happening with your organization.