[CT Birds] Fwd: Action Alert! Opportunity to Testify to Protect Public Lands (2/19)

sffaulkner at comcast.net sffaulkner at comcast.net
Wed Feb 17 22:14:29 EST 2016

This is the notice for the hearing coming up on Friday. Someone requested the information. 

Sarah Faulkner, Collinsville 

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From: "Amy Blaymore Paterson" <abpaterson at ctconservation.org> 
To: sffaulkner at comcast.net 
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 1:45:40 PM 
Subject: Action Alert! Opportunity to Testify to Protect Public Lands (2/19) 

Public Hearing this Friday (2/19) to 
Protect Public Lands, Plum Island & more! 

Public Hearing 
Environment Committee 
Friday, February 19, 2016 
Legislative Office Building (LOB) Room 2B 
Hartford, CT 06106 


A Constitutional Amendment to Better Protect Public Lands 

As reported in CLCC's February eNews , this Friday (2/19), there is a public hearing before the Environment Committee to hear a proposed Constitutional Amendment bill ( SJ5 ). This is your opportunity to offer testimony that will ensure this bill results in better protection of your public conservation, recreation and agricultural lands. 

The CT Council on Environmental Quality Report , " Preserved But Maybe Not: The Impermanence of State Conservation Lands" , published in January 2014, includes a recommendation that the General Assembly should start the process for amending the State Constitution to establish a system to ensure that public lands are protected to the greatest extent possible. 

This Friday is your chance to help get that process started. 

Click HERE for more information on the Constitutional Amendment prepared by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association including: 

    * talking points on the issue that you can use in your testimony; and 
    * specific recommendations to improve SJ5 ( including an important request to expand the language to also include state recreation and agricultural lands ) 
Your participation is critical! Here's how you can help: 

Email Your Testimony : Please email your testimony to envtestimony at cga.ct.gov 
(word or pdf format), with "Environment Committee Testimony, SJ5, 2/19/16 " in subject line. 

    * Contact your Legislators : Send them a copy of your testimony. Click HERE to find your legislators' contact information. (Please copy CLCC on your email too) 
    * Attend the Public Hearing: February 19, 2016, 10:30am, Legislative Office Building, Room 2B 
    * Speak at Public Hearing: If you wish to testify, sign-ups for the hearing will begin taking place at 8:15 am in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB. 
Parking at the LOB: Parking is free in the LOB garage, but you can no longer access the building via the 3rd floor. You need to enter in the front of 300 Capitol Ave.to get through security. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with testimony, please contact CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson . 
Other items of interest on Friday's Environment Committee Agenda: 

SJ4 -- A resolution to support permanent protection of Plum Island by asking the United States Congress to designate it as a National Wildlife Refuge. 

Raised Bill 81 -- A bill to designate a portion of the Housatonic River as wild and scenic under Section 2(a)(ii) of the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. 
Thank you for your participation and partnership! 
Ensuring that conserved lands in Connecticut stay protected is at the heart of CLCC's mission and an annual priority for us at the Capitol. 
View CLCC's 2016 Conservation Agenda HERE 

CLCC Steering Committee 
Alicia Sullivan, Chai r (Trust for Public Land), Catherine Rawson, Vice-Chair 
(Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust), Tim Abbott, (Litchfield Hills Greenprint), David Bingham (Salem Land Trust), David Brown (Middlesex Land Trust), Sandy Breslin (Bethany Inland Wetlands Commission) , Margot Burns (Lower CT River Council of Governments) , Kevin Case (Land Trust Alliance), Eric Hammerling (Connecticut Forest & Park Association), Michael Hveem (Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust), Connie Manes (Kent Land Trust), Elisabeth Moore (Connecticut Farmland Trust), Shirley Nichols (Darien Land Trust), Tom ODell (CT Assn. of Conservation and Inland Wetland Commissions), David Sutherland (The Nature Conservancy), Humphrey Tyler (CT River Watershed Council) 

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director 
Cristina Gastador Hayden, Communications Coordinator 
Don't miss CLCC's 
2016 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference 
March 19, 2016 

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