Letter to all Ridgefielders

Today, the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield sent a letter to all town residents.   The letter tells a story of growing up in our town by one long time Ridgefielder (and Land Conservancy of Ridgefield Board Member), the purpose of our organization and why it’s mission is vital to our community.  The letter also invites Ridgefielders to consider a donation while staying in touch through this website.  If you are interested in receiving our periodic newsletter, please send us an email address.

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.

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.

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.