From Barbara Davis, CT River Coastal Conservation District, Inc.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District held its 66th Annual Meeting at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Connecticut’s state parks.
Attendees heard about our conservation highlights of the past year; helped us honor our annual conservation award recipients; and enjoyed a special presentation and guided walk led by Alison Guinness – CRCCD board member, birder, naturalist, historian and friend of Connecticut’s state parks – about Devil’s Hopyard’s history, geology, flora and fauna, and the lore behind the park’s name.
The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, a nonprofit organization based in Middletown, works to conserve natural resources in the towns of Berlin, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Hebron, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Marlborough, Middlefield, Middletown, New Britain, Newington, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Rocky Hill, Salem and Westbrook.
Please visit our website at http://www.conservect.org for more information.
The 2013 Awards
The Conservation District applauds the efforts of our annual conservation award winners:
- Environmental Professional Stephen Gephard, Fisheries Biologist, CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, for his significant efforts and accomplishments in support of fish restoration in Connecticut and Long Island Sound.
- Cooperator – Urban Oaks Organic Farm, New Britain, for a commitment to environmentally sustainable practices at Urban Oaks Organic Farm, and efforts to engage the community through outreach and farm-based education.
- Special Merit Award – Jenifer Nadeau, Equine Extension Specialist, University of Connnecticut Department of Animal Science, for her efforts to engage and inform the equine community in support of the Conservation District’s agricultural nutrient management work. [Editor's note - having to do with runoff from manure]
- Special Merit Award, Kathy Connolly, Speaking of Landscapes, Old Saybrook, for her professional contributions and integral role in the success of the Lake Hayward demonstration buffer project.
In addition, Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to:
- Clinton Nurseries;
- Comer & Company, LLC;
- R2 Graphics, Inc.;
- Old Saybrook Shopping Center;
- Organic Vintages for generous services and support of two fundraising events, our CT native plant sale and Tree Swallow Cruise and Wine Tasting in support of the CT River Watch Program.
Posted November 2, 2013 as edited and with links added by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan
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