CLT: Student Board Members
The Colchester Land Trust has recruited a High School Junior and Senior to serve as Student Board Members: Daniel Blanda and Gillian Pineau. They will be officially inducted on the next month or so (depending on the ongoing social restrictions). We look forward incorporating to their perspectives and energy!
CLT Scholarship - 2020
For several years your Land Trust has given a deserving Bacon Academy graduating Senior a $1,000 scholarship. It is our small effort to encourage young people to pursue environmentally friendly careers. The 2020 Colchester Land Trust scholarship is presented to a Bacon Academy graduating senior who has expressed an interest in pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education in a field of science related to preservation of undeveloped land, natural resources or biological species.
The CLT Scholarship Committee has selected Catherine Rowlins as our 2020 recipient. There were four applicants for this scholarship and Cate fit our qualifications most closely: all were exceptional students. She will be attending the University of Vermont to study Environmental Science, with plans to become an environmental scientist or environmental lawyer. Shown are Cate at UVM and with CLT co-presidents Cathy Shea and Lisa Hageman, appropriately social distanced. The entire Land Trust community wishes Cate hearty congratulations and much success in her pursuits!
Still Standing Down for Coronavirus
The guidelines in place statewide have affected us all. The usual activities that CLT conducts or sponsors have been curtailed: the most notable being the rescheduling of our Salmon River Road Race.
In the meantime, please make sure you get outdoors for all the benefits that provides. Some CLT properties have hiking trails, others are simply open space. You are welcome to enjoy your conserved lands as well as the state properties, such as the Airline Trail. Be outdoors!
Re-accreditation Application Status
We submitted our completed application for Land Trust Alliance accreditation on November 14. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission Accreditation Committee has reviewed our application and asked for several points of clarification or elaboration, which we have addressed. We are awaiting their final approval
CLT was first accredited in 2015 and have been following the practices and guidelines that were set for us. Accreditation publicly recognizes a land trust for meeting national standards for excellence, upholding the public trust and ensuring that its conservation efforts are permanent. Colchester Land Trust is proud to be accredited and understands that re-accreditation will continue to assure that our Land Trust is a strong, effective organization that can be counted upon to invest funds provided by our community wisely and has the capacity to ensure the permanency of conserved lands.
Local Signage Sprouting UP
December 2018 - Those of you who frequent Colchester's local farm stands may have noticed some new "Right to Farm" signs this season and may be wondering what they are all about. These are part of a new campaign on the part of the Colchester Land Trust, in partnership with the Colchester Agricultural Commission, to draw attention to the importance of Colchester's farming community by announcing our town's "right to farm" status. The signs are designed to let people know that Colchester is a community with a rich agricultural heritage and that the town stands behind its farmers and welcomes those who make their living in agriculture. For more, see the Right to Farm page.