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Spring 2014 Update

Upcoming Meetings/Events/Activities

Our next FCRCP Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Highstead. We’ll be launching our 5-Year Strategic Action Plan, as well as the H2H Conservation Initiative.

Past Meetings/Events/Activities:

May 29, 2014 FCRCP Meeting (at Highstead) with Special Guest Speaker Katie Blake with Greenwich Audubon on their Bird-Friendly Communities Program.

Application to the Yale University’s Clinical Projects for Graduate Students Interested in Land Conservation (Jan.-May 2014).  Our draft application and potential focus areas resulted in Maggie Thomas and Kris van Naerssen from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Services assisting Aspetuck Land Trust and Wilton Land Conservation Trust with the Wilton-Weston Woods Forum, which was held on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

December 11, 2013 FCRCP Meeting to identify and prioritize action steps for the 2014 FCRCP Strategic Action Plan. Contact Donna Merrill, FCRCP Co-Coordinator for more information at

Woods Forums were held for the Bethel Redding Focus Area and the Wilton Weston Focus Area.

Bethel-Redding: this forum took place on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 from 2 -3:30 pm.  Overall, 27 people representing sixteen family forest owners from the Bethel-Redding Woodland area attended.  After a brief opening presentation on the FCRCP and on the northern regional conservation vision, attendees discussed their common interests and concerns that included invasive species control, pesticide use, managing for wildlife, trying to prevent damage to ones home from woodpeckers, taxation issues, access by the public for abutters to state forests, etc.   Interest in similar programs was expressed. Click this link (FCRCP Woods Forum Pilot Summary) for more information on the event.

Dec. 2, 2013 FCRCP Steering Committee Meeting in Wilton, CT.

October 2, 2013 FCRCP Meeting to discuss and contribute to the FCRCP Strategic Action Plan. Helene Holcholzer with CT DEEP  and Tim Abbott with Housatonic Valley Association presented on the CT Forest Legacy Program. Click here to download a copy of their presentation.

Our main activities for 2014-2015 include:

  • Completion and Implementation of the 2014-2019 FCRCP Strategic Action Plan.
  • Implementation of the Hudson to Housatonic Conservation Initiative
  • Implementation of the Northern Tier Conservation Initiative: Member groups are coordinating their efforts to engage landowners in conversations about the stewardship and future of their lands. Member groups see the potential for greater connectivity of natural areas across Fairfield County, CT and to Westchester County, NY.
  • Strategic Conservation mapping for Fairfield County
  • Collaborative conservation and stewardship efforts.
  • Meetings that have guest speakers on topics relating to land conservation, planning and stewardship
  • Workshops about conservation topics for landowners and conservationists.
  • Various activities pursued as opportunities arise.



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