Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

Usdan Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown.

Rick Newton

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Why Wild?

2:45pm - 4:00pm
Room: Boger 114
Intro Level, Intro-Intermediate Level, Intermediate Level, Intermediate-Advanced Level, Advanced Level

Wilderness and wild nature conservation are essential yet underutilized tools to respond to the existential threats of climate change and biodiversity loss. Wild forests store and sequester immense amounts of carbon, scrub the air clean of pollutants, filter water, offer refugia for our wild relations and all of us to connect with nature and reflect and rejuvenate our bodies and our minds. Yet only 3% of the Northeast and only 1% of Connecticut is prioritized for natural processes, thereby putting our ecological support systems at risk. Dr. Susan Masino and the Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT) are presenting on the importance of wild places across the landscape and what it means to protect some land as “Forever Wild.”


Sophie Ehrhardt, Carbon Specialist, Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT)

Dr. Susan Masino, Professor of Applied Science, Trinity College

Caitlin Mather, Land Protection Manager, Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT)

Resources and Handouts

Clcc Handclap

“More than any other, this event galvanizes and strengthens our conservation efforts in Connecticut. We’ve been looking forward to a return to CLCC’s in-person conference for three years. That day is finally here!”

- Stuart Winquist, President, Middlesex Land Trust

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