Application for Land Trust Accreditation

The land trust accreditation program is a mark of distinction in land conservation.  Following several years of preparatory work, the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield registered an application with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance).  On this date, we received confirmation that our registration application was accepted.

Conservation Tax Incentive Passes U.S. House

Today, the House of Representatives successfully voted 279-137, demonstrating a supermajority (67%) of support, on H.R. 644, a package of charitable incentives including the conservation tax incentive. The bill passed with bipartisan support. The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield thanks all who were involved in helping achieve this important milestone for conservation. Off to the Senate!

Land Management Plans Progressing

The Land Conservancy is creating Land Management Plans for all of our properties. These plans will complement the Baseline Reports that already exist for all conservation easements. In partnership with the property owners, we are responsible for maintaining several conservation easements in addition to the hundreds of acres of pristine properties we own within Ridgefield. (Please refer to the FAQ section for addition information on our holdings.)

Land Conservancy of Ridgefield Receives Grant

The Land Conservancy received a $2000 grant from the Norcross Wildlife Foundation (www.norcrossws.org) in support of our efforts regarding records maintenance and protection practices. Records policy is an important requirement as the Land Conservancy prepares for national accreditation in 2016.

Land Acquisition Update

Over the past year, through the generous donations of several Ridgefielders, the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield has added over 12 acres to our property. With over 500 acres of property owned and over 200 acres in easements, the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield continues to add to our efforts to conserve and preserve the town’s limited undeveloped land.

Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition (NFLTC) Update

Doug Martin attended the June 20, 2014 NFLTC member meeting. (Refer to the January news item below for more information on the NFLTC.) A primary topic for this meeting was focused on how best to educate children on the environment. One important consideration discussed was how land trusts could actively participate by making land available for student curriculum.

Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership (FCRCP)

The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield is a member of The Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership (FCRCP). The FCRCP is a voluntary association of 28 conservation land trusts, Conservation Commissions and other like-minded organizations in a 23-town area in southwestern CT. Since 2008, the FCRCP has supported its partners through collaborative sharing and learning. The May 29, 2014 FCRCP Meeting was held at Highstead, with Special Guest Speaker Katie Blake with Greenwich Audubon on their Bird-Friendly Communities Program.

Connecticut Land Conservation Annual Conference

On March 15, 2014, The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield participated in this annual conference. Doug Martin presented our experiences in land stewardship. Attending with Doug were James Tobin and Michael Carpenter. James has attended this conference for the past 5 years and commented on its growth in both content and attendees. Approximately 330 attended the conference which was held at Wesleyan University.

Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition (NFLTC)

On January 24th, 2014, the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield along with five other Fairfield County land trusts signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a shared service platform to expand their current administrative and operating capacities. We have called our new association, The Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition (NFLTC). Refer to the Ridgefield Press article (at “http://www.theridgefieldpress.com/25937/area-land-trusts-form-a-coalition/”) for additional information.

Great Hill Road

An anonymous town resident donated 3 lots (over 6 total acres) along Great Hill Road. These 3 lots were part of an existing subdivision and destined to become home sites. This donation will now protect the view along the road and save this land from future development. We are thankful for this generous gift.

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