[CT Birds] Fw: The 1, 000 Acre Newsletter: State Passes Funding, Public Hearing Set, Hike on Saturday, & More

John Ogren northernrail at comcast.net
Wed May 7 17:21:10 EDT 2014

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014 5:19 PM, Chris Cryder <ccryder at savethesound.org> wrote:
    The 1,000 Acre Newsletter                                         
    State Legislature Passes Senate Bill 29 to Secure Funding for “The Preserve”                     
  Last night [Tuesday], State Representative Phil Miller reported on his Facebook page “that both the Senate and the House passed Senate Bill 29, which secures the State and Federal funding towards the purchase of the 1000 acre Preserve.”  We wish to thank State Repre­sentatives Phil Miller and Marilyn Giuliano, State Senators Art Linares and Andrea Still­man, and others, for their support of the bill.  The next step in the process will be the Gov­ernor’s signature on the bill and action by the Bonding Commission at the end of May.               
  Old Saybrook Board of Finance Will Hold a Public Hearing on “The Preserve” at its Meeting on Tuesday, May 20th          
    Last evening [Tuesday], the Board of Finance (BoF) discussed  many matters regarding the possible purchase and ownership of The Preserve.  On hand were Kate Brown and Alicia Sullivan of The Trust for Public Land, as well as Graham Stevens of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  Fred Carstensen, Director of the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis at UCONN, discussed the economic impacts of preserving the 1,000 acre tract of land.  Additionally, former first selectwoman Barbara Maynard, and former selectman, Bill Peace, pro­vided input during the public comment period.  The Board of Finance determined it will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 20th at 7pm regarding moving a $3 million bond authorization (towards purchase of The Preserve) to a public referendum.  The BoF typically holds its meetings at Town Hall, but this could change.  Updates on the meeting and location will be published in the next
    Hike the 1,000 Acre Forest this Saturday, May 10th               
  We will lead two guided hikes, one at 10am, and the second at Noon, leaving from the M& J bus lot (130 Ingham Hill Road across from Pasta Vita in Old Saybrook).  A shuttle bus will take us to the top and end of Ingham Hill Road where the entrance to the forest is locat­ed.  The heavy rain date will be Sunday, May 11th.  The hikes will last approximately 1 and 1/2 hours and is considered moderate, with some hills. Questions? Please email Kate Brown at kate.brown at tpl.orgor call her at (203) 777-7367 ext. 5                                  
    At 9am on Saturday, May 10th, the Garden Club will be presenting a $5,000 check to The Trust for Public Land to assist with the purchase of the 1,000 acre forest.!  Thank You!  Stop by our "Preserve the Preserve” booth at the May market from 9am to 2pm on Main Street in Old Saybrook.            
  OS National Honor Society students helped to phone call voters for The Preserve!                  
    Find all events, questions & answers, media, and more at: www.preserve1000acres.com. Join our Facebook page here.To remove your name from our mailing list, please email.         

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