Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

Tentatively scheduled for March 22, 2025

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Miyawaki Forests in Bridgeport: The First in CT

Room: Fayerweather 108
Intro Level

Aspetuck Land Trust has long been a supporter of bringing Bridgeport schools to our forests for educational hikes, but the idea of bringing OUR forests to the schools was a unique and groundbreaking idea that only Micro-Forests, using the Miyawaki Method, could do. The CT Department of Agriculture agreed that this was a potential climate smart practice that could supercharge the city with the lowest tree canopy in the state. By planting small forests of different sizes at 7 schools in Bridgeport, we could test this Miyawaki Method of forestry for the first time in CT. A small but mighty forest of native trees and shrubs could, in theory, capture carbon, manage stormwater, cool the air, and improve biodiversity at a rate 3x that of a traditional forest and with a higher collective impact than street trees alone. Learn how the method was implemented and the data collected.


Mary Ellen Lemay, Director, Landowner Engagement, Aspetuck Land Trust

Bram Gunther, VP of Science and Strategy, Plan it Wild

Resources and Handouts

Clcc Handclap

“CLCC’s annual conference is like Woodstock for Connecticut’s land conservation community. It’s an opportunity to foster connections, get inspired, and celebrate our collective accomplishments”

- Pete Govert, Executive Director, East Haddam Land Trust

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