Subject: Report from Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality Public Forum
From: "Keep The Woods"
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 13:16:50 -0500

THANK YOU to all those who attended the CEQ Public Forum in Simsbury.  The Council was VERY impressed with the attendance and the thoughtful and well-informed comments.  Without a doubt it demonstrated how much citizens care about this area, AND are willing to step up and do something about it.  Representatives from a number of citizen groups, environmental groups, land trusts and major news organizations were present.

MOST GRATIFYING was that EVERY GROUP talked about the Ethel Walker Land.  Keep in mind - groups such as Trout Unlimited, Rivers Alliance, Tariffville and Farmington River Watershed Association all have a number of ongoing and urgent environmental concerns.  Yet ALL of these groups used their limited time in front of this state agency to speak up and submit written statements and various maps regarding the Ethel Walker Land Preservation and how important this project is to the region.  These materials and a news story broadcast on WNPR will be included in upcoming emails.  

Members of Keep the Woods expressed a number of general concerns to CEQ, and indicated this property needs to be an absolute priority for state funding.  We also expressed strongly that our primary goals at this time during negotiations are education, advocacy, and fundraising - seeking ways to build support and find funding to help the Ethel Walker School KEEP their land.  In addition to being an wonderful asset for the school, this land is a resource that is important to tourism, drinking water and quality of life in this region!!

To see a map of the development plan, and its impact on the trails, click here.

We are having a Community Meeting this Wed., March 1 at Flamig Farm at 7 PM.  Hope to see you there.

Keep The Woods!