Subject: Contact your Senators and Representatives NOW!
From: "Keep The Woods"
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 22:04:11 -0500
To: ktw@keepthewoods.org

Greetings!!

THANK YOU to those who made it to the Capitol on Thursday and/or Friday to support open space preservation.

NOW is the time to voice your support for Public Bill 656 .  Please contact the following individuals by phone and/or email and ask them to support this bill:
Find contact information for other representatives here.

Please also thank this bill's co-sponsors.

Statements were submitted Friday to the Environment Committee public hearing and various representatives have been contacted in regards to this bill.  See some example correspondences here.  Feel free to modify or excerpt from these statements in your e-mails and phone calls.  If you have a statement to add as another example, please e-mail it to our webmaster.

Don't forget to get your tickets to the Trout Unlimited Annual Banquet, March 31.  Deadline for ticket sales is Saturday, March 25.  Click here (a Word document) for more information.  Meet Gina McCarthy, Commissioner of the DEP.  Guaranteed to be a fun time!

THIS WEEK - learn about land preservation and meet individuals from other concerned groups by attending two events:
 
1) Wednesday:  A free seminar, "Using the Law to Preserve and Strengthen Our Communities," will be held from 7-9 P.M. on Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury (CASCG) 1361 Main Street (Route 17).  A panel of experts will provide residents of Glastonbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Portland, Wethersfield and Rocky Hill information about how their towns can tap new state funds to make their communities greener, healthier, more diverse and sustainable places to live and raise a family.  An open community discussion will follow the panel presentations.  

Co-sponsors of the seminar include:  CT Audubon Society at Glastonbury, CTLCV Education Fund, American Farmland Trust, Friends of Nayaug, Glastonbury Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Agency and Conservation Commission, Glastonbury Partners in Planting, Great Meadows Conservation Trust, Historical Society of Glastonbury, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, Kongscut Land Trust, Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury, Manchester Historical Society, Manchester Land Conservation Trust, CT Northeast Organic Farming Association, Sustainable Living Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Society: East Manchester, Wethersfield Historical Society, and Working Lands Alliance.

The pursuit of careful land use and conservation is one part of the state environmental agenda detailed in the Connecticut Environmental Briefing Book.  The briefing book, published in 2004 by the CTLCV Education Fund, contains brief explanations of 32 environmental issues facing Connecticut and will be provided free to all seminar attendees. The book gives contact information for experts in each issue area, many of whom contributed to the issue briefs.  For more information about the "Using the Law to Preserve Our Communities" presentation, please contact Lori Brown at (860) 236-5442.

2) Friday:  Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association will hold a workshop:
"Opportunities for Partnership: Municipal and Private Land Trusts' Role in Protecting Open Space"
 Friday, March 24, 2006, 8:30 AM - 12 Noon
 South Congregational Church, 277 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Come learn the ingredients necessary for successful partnership strategies between municipalities and private land trusts.

Panelists:
William S. Voelker, AICP, Cheshire Town Planner
Attorney T.J. Donohue, Attorney for the Simsbury Land Trust
Kevin Case, Northeast Conservation Manager, Land Trust Alliance, Litchfield, CT
David Schrumm, Cheshire Land Trust Treasurer & Cheshire Town Council Member
Dick Davis, President, Simsbury Land Trust

REGISTRATION:  E-mail your name, address, telephone no. and affiliation to Patrice Carson at: carsonpl1@yahoo.com and mail your payment ($20.00 payable to CCAPA) to: Patrice L. Carson, P.O. Box 334, Somers, CT 06071.

Questions? Call Patrice Carson at (860) 763-8218.
Visit CCAPA Online at http://www.ccapa.org

Keep The Woods!