[CT Birds] Griswold Airport...COA contribution and how you can help!
PCOMINS at audubon.org
Fri Apr 23 09:42:25 EDT 2010
Dear Connecticut Birders:
I'm happy to inform you that the COA Board of Directors voted to contribute $2,500 towards the efforts to protect the Griswold Airport Property adjacent to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. COA is pleased to be able to support this effort and especially would like to thank the people, businesses and organizations who donated items for our raffle at the annual meeting, proceeds from which are making this contribution possible.
As you may know, the citizens of Madison voted in January to allow the town to bond for the majority of the purchase price of the property, but $2,000,000 in private donations through the Trust for Public Land and Audubon Connecticut are required to ensure that the 127 units of housing will not be built on the land and that the most ecologically important areas of the property will be permanently protected as natural habitat for birds and other wildlife.
We are letting you know about the COA's donation in hopes that you will also be able to contribute whatever you can to the effort. In addition to the COA's contribution, the Hartford Audubon Society has donated $1,000 and Audubon Connecticut is donating $5,000 from our IBA small grants program, as well as a commitment to work with TPL and the Town to ensure that this transaction can proceed.
Please see the below message from TPL about the importance of this property and how you can help to close the deal and ensure that the property is preserved as a town park rather than a high intensity residential development. So many of you have played a key role in these efforts over the years, from attending Planning and Zoning Commission meetings to working on the referendum campaign. Please consider doing what you can to make sure we make it all the way to the goal line, and know that you helped to protect this important buffer to the tidal marshes of Hammonasset.
Contributions must be received by TPL by May 4th.
Thank you for your consideration!
Patrick, President, Connecticut Ornithological Association
Message from TPL:
A Place for Wildlife and People
Next to Hammonasset State Park, on the shores of the Hammonasset/ Hammock River estuary, lies Griswold Airport - or rather, the land where the airport once was.
This site is now a tranquil but essential buffer for the wildlife and plants that thrive in the estuary's coastal forests, prime wetlands, and salt marshes - a globally important rest-stop and feeding place for migrating birds. At 42 acres, the land is big enough to offer open spaces for the public to play alongside the natural areas.
TPL, Audubon CT, and other partners are close to saving this invaluable and irreplaceable natural resource - but we have to raise all the funding by May 4th, 2010. If we don't, the land will be developed into 127 housing units, causing irreparable damage to the natural ecology and severely impacting the natural water filtration of the Hammonasset River and Long Island Sound.
The Madison community voted to dedicate funds to the project from a local bond measure and a further $1.3+ million has been raised from generous supporters towards the purchase cost of the land.
Please help TPL raise the last $675,000 needed to save this future coastal park on the Griswold Airport Land.
Secure link for online donations:
(please be sure to choose Griswold Airport under the "Gift Designation" tab.)
Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488
Phone: (203)264-5098 x305
or 203-267-6732 x305
pcomins at audubon.org
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