The State of Connecticut this Thursday released $6.9 million in matching grants for open space protection across "the land of steady habits". The highest amount awarded for a single project was $450,000, and among those land protection efforts receiving this amount was a terrific conservation partnership between the Salisbury and Sharon Land Trusts.
The Blum property, conserved through conservation easements enabled by these funds, and additional property in both communities conserved as part of a local match, safeguard scenic, agricultural and water quality resources that are highly valued in these communities. I am pleased to have been able to assist the Salisbury Association Land Trust in crafting the easement language for this project and in getting the best supporting data for their open space grant application. With state funding for land protection so hard to come by, it is good to see some of these scare resources coming to the Litchfield Hills to help us save one of our most special places. Congratulations to Salisbury and Sharon Land trusts for this conservation achievement.
more: The Lakeville Journal did a nice story on the Blum/Keiter land protection project.