Subject: Update on Face of CT and donations
From: "Masino, Susan A."
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 22:26:46 -0500



The public hearing on the Face of CT this Friday in Hartford is important.  Please, submit written testimony about the Face of CT initiative by emailing Lisa Bassani ( ASAP – by 1PM tomorrow.  A few sentences, and your name and address.  If you live anywhere in CT, even if you can’t attend Friday, send something in! 


The Face of Connecticut legislation would, among other provisions: 1) provide for increased funding for natural areas, farmland and historic properties acquisition, 2) establish a new Stewardship small grants program for towns and land trusts to implement projects such as creating public access, removing invasive plants or refuse dumps, or installing gates, 3) establish a new grants program for land trusts to help them improve their organizational capacity; 4) increase funding for State Parks and State Forests staff, increase funding for regional planning; and 5) provide funding for project planning and assessment for brownfields remediation and historic properties restoration.  For more information on the Face of Connecticut proposals, the campaign's brochure can be found here.


General idea of what to write:  Farms, green space, historic preservation, parks, redevelopment, stewardship, clean water - CT NEEDS TO INVEST IN THEM – NOW!  Also, there is a bill right now before the chair of the Environment Committee about state funding for the EWS property, phase II.  Put the EWS property in your statement - hearing the name again and again might help us get an appropriation ASAP from the legislature for Phase II.


The BEST OPTION Friday is to attend and submit written testimony, but the testimony has to be there 2 hours prior to the start of the hearing at 10:15.  And there must be 60 copies.  So if you get your comments, name and address (anywhere in CT) to Lisa, you can sleep in on Friday J and show up mid-morning.  Otherwise bring your 60 copies at 8:15 (and sign up for a spot to speak if you wish).  Or just show up even without any testimony at 10:15 to show your support.  


At the last two open space press conferences, Keep the Woods had more people there than any other grass roots organization.  We have set the bar, and we need to meet it again!!


Even if you can’t show up exactly at 10:15, come by – it will likely go on for some time.  We need a good showing at the beginning, and continued interest during the hearing.  These hearings are a great place to meet people.  Bring donation information, which is all available here:


We are going to be compiling a password-protected list of donors for people working on the fundraising to cross-check with.  If you have been meaning to send in a check and haven’t, now is time to get on the list J


Ethel Walker Fund

Trust for Public Land

101 Whitney Ave

New Haven, CT 06510