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June is the month when we transition from spring into summer. As a new season approaches, I am also nearing a new point in my career. This marks my last #LoveYourCTLandTrust eNewsletter. I want to thank everyone who has read the stories we shared, collaborated with me on organizing them, and done the amazing work that CLCC can report on monthly.

Being the Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow for nearly a year has given me experience and knowledge that will last for my entire professional career. I’ve watched ideas transform into environmental legislation and witnessed all the hard work that goes into advocating for them. I’ve learned how essential funds like the Community Investment Act are for supporting local conservation efforts. And through writing this eNewsletter, I discovered that community success stories happen when groups come together.

My internship would not have been possible without the partnership between my university and the Connecticut Land Conservation Council. As such, I would like to use my final eNewsletter to showcase some of the conservation projects other students are involved in through collaboration between their schools and nonprofits dedicated to conservation. Their stories teach us that you are never too young to start connecting with nature, and never too inexperienced to make a meaningful impact. I hope this edition of #LoveYourCTLandTrust conveys how vital student engagement is to land conservation.

As the summer solstice nears, the days grow longer and warmer. Like the sun, our future and the students of Connecticut are bright. We will continue to advocate for the environment, for all people, for equity and justice. We will continue to use our skills to solve the challenges our planet faces. We will continue to love the Earth, its wildlife, and nature itself. Support us—#LoveYourCTLandTrust and promote student involvement in conservation.

As always, thank you for reading.

In case you missed it…

May 16, 2024 – Two students—one from Southern Connecticut State University and the other from the University of Connecticut—have received grants to research aquaculture and shrinking shorelines in our state. Read more »

May 30, 2024 – East Lyme elementary school students have received a grant to engage with the Long Island Sound, learning about marine wildlife and ecosystems. Read more »

Read the full June 2024 #LoveYourCTLandTrust issue »

Photo Credit (Clockwise from Top Left): David and Alice Walls Posing By Walls Way Sign (East Haddam Land Trust), Great Blue Heron (Lindsay Pettinicchi), The Open Trail Podcast Land Trust 101 Thumbnail (Max Dougan), West Haven High School Students Posing Together (Land Trust of West Haven), Farmington Land Trust with Governor Lamont and State Legislators (Farmington Land Trust), Wooded Area with Ferns and Horse in Wooded Area (Wyndham Land Trust)

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