What do trout & hawks have in common?

On a picture perfect Saturday early last month, I attended two land trust events.

In the morning I joined over 300+ runners in the Colchester Land Trust's 9th annual 5.5 mile Salmon River Run. Starting at the historic Comstock Covered Bridge, we were treated to varied terrain and scenic views along the historic Airline Trail, a portion of which was conserved by the land trust. Located within the 96,000-acre Salmon River Watershed, the banks of the river were lined with anglers taking advantage of the area's excellent trout fishing and designated fly fishing area.

Later I participated in the Wintonbury Land Trust and town of Bloomfield celebration of the Hawk Hill Farm conservation project. Twenty-three acres of prime farmland, part of a 250-acre agricultural and wildlife corridor, valuable wetlands and flood plain habitat, and an opportunity to complete critical trail linkages from the town's urban center to Pennwood State Park -- this land has it all! And yes, hawks frequent the land's grassland habitat.

 So what's the common link?
These events took place on lands conserved in part with funds from the Community Investment Act (CIA), an invaluable source of dedicated revenue for community projects for open space conservation, farmland/dairy support, historic preservation and affordable housing.  
The other link? These events were made possible by two all-volunteer land trusts doing what they do best: pouring their time and energy into connecting people to nature, to their communities and to each other.
 
We are so incredibly fortunate in Connecticut to not only have a source of funding to invest in the projects that define and enhance our communities, but also to have volunteers that are passionate about doing whatever it takes to bring these projects to fruition.
 
Thank you for all you do -- for all of us!