Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

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Climate Roundtable

June 10, 2021
Noon - 1:30 pm

How can your Land Trust respond to Connecticut’s changing climate? Climate change is now a primary lens through which land trusts, community members, philanthropists, government agencies, elected officials, and others are viewing a variety of environmental and societal challenges.

Land trusts have a significant opportunity and many options for how they can contribute to “natural climate solutions” as they plan for the future of the forests, wetlands, farmlands, and other lands they steward. Several natural climate solutions that land trusts and community organizations can help implement are highlighted in the 2020-2021 recommendations of the Connecticut Governor’s Council on Climate Change (CG3).

In this roundtable, we will:

  • Discuss current opportunities for land trusts to sequester and store carbon as well as improve resiliency through various actions they can take.
  • Consider the gaps in tools, information, and funding that must be filled to continue this important work in perpetuity.


Facilitator: Tim Abbott, Regional Land Conservation & Greenprint Director, Housatonic Valley Association


Anthony Irving, Board Member, Lyme Land Trust

Kip Kolesinskas, Consulting Conservation Scientist, Connecticut Farmland Trust

Catherine Rawson, Executive Director, Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy

Herbert Virgo, Executive Director, Keney Park Sustainability Project

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“Absolutely amazing! So many great ideas emerge not only from the workshops but also in talking with other partners from my region who are equally as energized and inspired by the day.”

- Mary Ellen Lemay, Aspetuck Land Trust

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