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June 16  OUR LETTERS HELPED!
Legislative Session Update on 2015 Biennial Budget:

  • Increases the cap on combined federal and state funding for projects under DEEP’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program (OSWLA) from 70% to 90%, and the DEEP Commissioner can now waive the cap entirely under certain conditions. This is a big win for land trusts and towns by reducing, and potentially eliminating, the often deal-breaking amount of match funding required to close a conservation project.
  • Partially restored the cut to the Community Investment Act (CIA) which provides a consistent stream of funding for critical programs for open space conservation, farmland/dairy support, historic preservation and affordable housing.
  •  Restores all but $200,000 of the $2 million cut by the Governor’s State Parks Budget in each of the next two years; but when added to the $400,000 in rescissions that will take effect, State Parks will take a total hit of $600,000.
  •  Restores funding for Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)staff and keeps the agency at DEEP.

pine_beetle2_hBeetle Invasion   Another issue of concern to Connecticut is the latest beetle invasion, threatening three varieties of our pine trees: the red pine, Scots pine and pitch pine. Of these, pitch pine — the only native species of the four — is at the greatest risk. Click here to learn more.

where.we.live_logoLearn all about land conservation on WNPR’s Where We Live program titled This Land (Trust) Was Made for You and Me.

CLCCdoc.ProtectingtheLandYou LoveProtecting the Land You Love   This booklet was written by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council for landowners who love their land and want to learn more about options for permanent protection and what to expect during the conservation process. Click on the icon to discover that there is no “one-size-fits all” approach to land protection, and that you can choose the option that best meets your family’s needs. Throughout the booklet, you can read real stories and advice from landowners who have conserved their own special places. 

TMFFCowslipbridgeMay 22   New Bridge Built Over Cowslip Brook at the Merritt Family Forest Improves X-Town Trail

Assisted by 20 young, enthusiastic and strong Naval Submarine Base volunteers, the  bridge was completed in record time: less than 30 minutes! Volunteers carried the frame from the road to the brook, and pushed or carried the wheel barrels filled with pre-cut boards and equipment to the crossing site. With five drills working, we started at both ends and met in the middle. As the last board fell into place, the Cutler Cross-Country team crossed the bridge for its first official use. Thank you U.S. Navy Volunteers! The bridge even came in under budget with donated surplus screws and supplies. 

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Keeping Our Properties and Parks Clean and Beautiful

April 28 Joan Smith reporting: “Many thanks to all who volunteered to help with the The Merritt Family Forest Clean-up.The clean-up took about 2.5 hrs. Eighteen large trash bags were filled with an amazing array of strange materials including car parts, pieces of metal, foam, and a traffic signal light. A plastic human skull won first prize for most unusual item. The property looks great now. We picked up on both sides of the road and all around the intersection at Flanders too.”

HFCleanupDad4.25.15April 25 Joan Smith reporting: “GOSA’s Annual Haley Farm State Park Clean-up attracted GOSA members and friends of all sizes (see header image above) including UCONN Alumni, UCONN Eco-Huskies, Cache in-Trash-Out Geocachers and Canine Patrol Cadets (true heroes!). Five acres of invasive plants were lopped and trash bags filled. Large metal pieces, a buoy, a colorful kite and much more were removed from fields, shoreline, roadside and woods. A shout-out to The Last Green Valley for help in sponsoring tools, gloves, bags, water, cider and food. UCONN Alumni provided grinders and water and Eco-Huskies provided bags and water. Thanks everyone.”

April 23 We had a great time at the GOSA Gala! Thanks to the many who organized and attended the event. Pictures and more coming soon.

Outreach to kids
CK Explorer’s Club
Click
here to read an article about this wonderful program for kids.

 

 

 

GOSA’s Spring Newsletter Click on the newlsetter image to read about “lawn-love” and its impact on the Sound, about some exciting sustainable development ideas from our new town planner, and much more.

Fundraising:  Avery Farm Update

“Preservation projects such as these,” said Malloy, “are fundamental to maintaining our high quality of life, protecting the immense natural beauty of our state, and making Connecticut a great place to live, work and raise a family.” 

The thermometer and pie chart tell the story of our fund-raising progress so far.  Please click here to help us raise the remaining $300,000 needed to purchase Avery Farm.

In an editorial titled Preserving Open Spaces for Posterity,  the Day’s editorial board encouraged their readers to support Avery Farm. If you have not read this wonderful editorial, please click here.

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Sheep Farm waterfall after a summer storm

      

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Town Meetings

Go to the Groton Town Website for a complete schedule of town meetings. The only town meetings listed on this GOSA page will be those of expected special environmental interest. Once you are in the town schedule, click on the calendar displayed and move forward and backward with plus and minus signs. For a video of Town Council meetings, click on GMTV on Groton home page and then on Streaming Video.