The Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the Science Building on the Midtown Danbury campus of WESTCONN. Members will have an opportunity to hear from area conservation experts on the opportunities and challenges facing land trusts, including Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director of The Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) and Kevin Case, Regional Director for the Land Trust Alliance.
Connecticut has one of the highest concentration of land trusts in the United States. It is a dual-edged distinction. This high concentration is a testament to the dedication of many men and woman who helped found the land trust movement and dedicated considerable time to protecting our vital resources. This commitment is as strong as ever with the many volunteers who continue the legacy.
It is also exceedingly difficult. The increase in regulations, the need for greater stewardship and oversight of the properties that have been saved and the imperative to be sure that the lands protected in perpetuity will indeed be passed on to the next generation all contribute to putting increased pressure on land trusts. Many are seeking creative solutions. The Land Trust of Danbury is among them.
Recently, The Land Trust of Danbury convened a coalition of area land trusts to discuss what options there might be in working together, particularly in the area of shared services. The discussion led to an opportunity to participate in the LTA ‘Circuit Rider Program’ funded by CLCC (Connecticut Land Conservation Council) and the LTA (Land Trust Alliance) through the generosity of a donor committed to working with area land trusts. It is an initiative that helps land trusts assess their capacity and strengthens them as model land trusts.
According to Kevin Case, Northeast Director of the Land Trust Alliance:
“The Circuit Rider program allows land trusts an opportunity to minimize the risks of holding land and stewarding easements while maximizing the rewards of being the face and voice for land conservation in the community.”
The towns involved are Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown and Ridgefield. It is the first of what is hoped to be other initiatives as they continue to work together
The Land Trust of Danbury is seeking volunteers for the annual cleanup of Long Ridge Road and the trails around Mountain Pond Reservoir. The Land Trust of Danbury has “adopted” Long Ridge Road as part of Clean City Danbury Day.
The cleanup will take place Saturday, April 20, 2013, and volunteers are asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Long Ridge United Methodist Church on Long Ridge Road, one-tenth mile north of the intersection with West Redding Road. (The Church is kindly providing parking space.)
Volunteers are advised to bring gloves and wear boots. Anyone arriving later than the initial meeting time is welcome to join the cleanup crews along the road or around the reservoir. The City of Danbury has committed to haul away all of the trash that is collected.
So come and join us.
A gala fund-raising event honoring Mayor Mark Boughton for his comitment to preserving open space.
March 31, 2012
The fund-raising experience to benefit us all: protecting, preserving, and sharing the open spaces the ensure our quality of life.
9 Old Ridgebury Rd, Danbury, CT
Dress: Formal and fun… Diamonds, Denim, Black Tie, Flannel Shirt
6:30 Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres & Silent Auction
7:30 Program, including Live Auction
8:30 Dinner and Dancing
Enjoy an exclusive menu prepares just for the occasion.
DANBURY, Conn., February 28, 2011 – Michael Marcus, principal and chairman of Marcus Dairy, Inc. has been named president of The Land Trust of Danbury succeeding William Montgomery. His election was announced at The Land Trust’s Annual Meeting held Saturday, February 19th, on the midtown campus of Western Connecticut State University. At the meeting, Michael provided insight into his priorities for the organization.
“A major focus over the next two years is our purchase of the Ruscoe property, a critical piece of land along Long Ridge that will help strengthen our conservation efforts in that area. To date we have raised close to $40,000 toward the purchase,” he said. “We will also actively pursue new properties to significantly increase areas under conservation and recruit volunteers to help us responsibly manage current and future properties. And, of course, we will be working hard to raise the funds needed to support our organization and further our mission,” he concluded.
Michael Marcus, the 9th president of The Land Trust is actively involved in the community and currently serves as chairman of the Tarrywile Park Authority, vice chairman of the Association of Religious Communities, trustee and past chairman of the Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield, board member of the Jewish Federation of Western Conn., trustee and past president of the United Jewish Center, and is a member of the Connecticut Volunteer Horse Patrol. Previously he served as chairman of Ability Beyond Disability, president of Wooster Alumni Council, co-chairman of the Tri-State Teamsters Health & Welfare Fund, was an incorporator of the Union Savings Bank of Danbury and former trustee of both Wooster School and Great Hollow Wilderness School (YMCA).
Michael, who graduated from Wooster School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his wife Nancy (formerly Nancy McCann), have three sons and five grandchildren.
William Montgomery was elected president of The Land Trust of Danbury in February 2003. During his time as president, acres of natural areas protected by The Land Trust grew 74%. Bill retires with the honor of having served the second longest term in the 40-year history of The Land Trust. His accomplishments include helping the city of Danbury acquire the Taylor Farm development rights (30 acres) and the West-Side/Farrington property (192 acres), and partnering with the city on a four-year open space identification, mapping and prioritization project. He was appointed by the mayor to the Ives Trail & Greenway Task Force in 2003 and secured a Meserve Memorial Fund grant for initial brochures and signage. In 2008, he became a founding member of the Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership, a coalition of land trusts and other conservation organizations.
In other leadership changes, David Campbell is vice president and Amber Edwards secretary. Grant Winthrop continues as treasurer and Sharon Danosky of Danosky & Associates is retained as executive director.