Have you ever attended a CLCC Regional Land Trust Summit?
If so, you know that these roundtables are a fun and informal opportunity to share experiences, exchange ideas, get advice and network with members of neighboring land trusts.
I love our Summits.
I get to travel all over the state – with every region offering a showcase of beautiful and diverse landscapes.
I get to talk to you – land trust volunteers, staff and others in your community whose dedication and passion for conservation continue to be our inspiration at CLCC.
I get to listen to you – your conversations give us opportunities to take your ideas and turn them into action.
Sharing information at the July 9 Summit at the Housatonic Valley Association
Last year, at a Summit co-hosted by the Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust, the group suggested that CLCC create an email listserv to provide land trusts with an easy way to communicate with each other, pose questions, and exchange ideas related to their conservation work.
Fast forward 9 months, and in partnership with the talented folks at the UCONN Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), we are delighted to now offer the CT Land Trust Listserv -- the state’s first listserv dedicated for use by members of Connecticut's land trust community for discussion of land conservation, land stewardship and land trust organizational questions.
And it’s working!
We’ve had email conversations on topics ranging from tax exempt status of land trust properties, to storage of land management equipment, to opportunities to partner with students, to tips on increasing “likes” on Facebook!
Here’s another example.
Also last year, Land Conservancy of Ridgefield President Doug Martin asked if lands protected by conservation easements were subject to claims of adverse possession. (A principle of real estate law that allows a person who possesses someone else's land for an extended period of time to claim legal title to that land.)
I checked the statute, agreed with Doug that it wasn’t clear, and sought to put to rest that question in the 2015 legislative session.
Thanks to Doug’s question and our advocacy, the adverse possession statute was amended -- and now lands conserved by conservation easements are even better protected than they were before.
Your membership contribution to CLCC is extremely important because it immediately impacts our ability to respond to the current needs of Connecticut’s land conservation community.
Please send your 2015-16 contribution today at the highest level possible. We are counting on your support.
And keep those ideas and questions coming … they always lead to good things for conservation now and for the future.