Remember the Four P's

Ensuring that conserved lands in Connecticut stay protected is at the heart of CLCC's mission ... and it's keeping us very busy!

Photo Credit:  Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE)
CFE Board member Kiki Kennedy addresses the audience

Last month, I served as a panelist at an information session hosted by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and a coalition of organizations to discuss a proposed gas pipeline project which would impact protected Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) watershed lands as well as a preserve owned by the Wintonbury Land Trust in Bloomfield.

The issues raised by the public and the advice shared by the other panelists can be summed up in this way:

 
Perpetuity, Precedent, Public Trust, & Participation

1. Perpetuity - Lands intended to be protected and preserved to safeguard the quality of our state's water resources and for conservation and recreational purposes, should be protected as such in perpetuity to the greatest extent possible.
2. Precedent - Permitting a project that would undercut the strict legal protections on these lands sets a dangerous precedent for further erosion of such laws in the future.
3. Public Trust - Expanding the existing pipeline to the extent proposed would, at a minimum, undermine the charitable intent and the associated public purpose and trust in permanently protecting the respective lands. 
4. Participation - If we don't get involved and raise these concerns, who will?

I call these "The Four P's", and they apply to our efforts to protect all conservation lands.

On February 19, you have a chance to submit testimony to help ensure better protections for our public lands as part of a campaign for a Constitutional Amendment led by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. (More informatino HERE).

This Friday and always -- remember the Four P's! Working together, we can ensure that conserved lands in Connecticut stay protected!

Moderator:  Sara Bronin (CFE)  Panelists  L to R:  Don Strait (CFE), Margaret Miner (Rivers Alliance of CT), Jennifer Siskind (Food & Water Watch CT), Eileen Fielding (Farmington River Watershed Association),  Leah Schmalz (CFE), Jack Looney (CFE), Amy Blaymore Paterson (CLCC)
Photo credit:  Lou Burch, Citizens Campaign for the Environment


Photo credit:  Lou Burch, Citizens Campaign for the Environment


Photo credit:  Lou Burch, Citizens Campaign for the Environment


Photo Credit:  Connecticut Fund for the Environment


Photo Credit:  Connecticut FUnd for the Environmenu