Action: Educate and mentor lifelong learners in the values, skills, and science of local forest conservation.
What is it?
CFPA is working to educate and mentor lifelong learners in forest conservation through 4 primary activities:
- Programs on various forestry/land conservation issues for adults at Goodwin and CFPA,
- Multi-day, intensive educational experiences for landowners and educators (Coverts & CT Forestry Tour),
- Project Learning Tree CT workshops to reach teachers and their students,
- On the Road & In the Woods programs for students, scouts, and other youth audiences, and
- Outreach and educational walks with professional foresters and harvesters showcasing forest management on CFPA properties for neighbors and other forest landowners (Walks in the Woods, Science Sundays, Citizen Forest Science, etc.).
Why is it important?
A well-informed public and actively engaged landowners will support the management and protection of forests in ways that will result in the following:
- Landowners developing and implementing forest management plans
- Landowners considering conservation options for their forests
- Ecosystem benefits from healthy forests such as clean water and diverse wildlife
- Robust forest management industry that generates sustainable, locally grown products
- Public supporting ballot measures, protective environmental laws, and State/Federal resources being dedicated to forest conservation
- Youth and second career seekers pursue careers in the conservation field
- Educators turn to CFPA for ways to continually bring forestry science into their programs
- Land trusts, nature centers, and other groups utilize CFPA properties as outdoor classroom models for their own outdoor open spaces.
What will the impact be?
CFPA works toward creating a knowledgeable citizenry in which all generations value the myriad benefits of CT’s forests and possess desire and skills to engage in the science of forest conservation. An integrated approach by our land conservation and education programs can offer the combination of educational programming and experiential learning that will impact the way forests are managed in Connecticut. This impact would be magnified if CT DEEP, UConn Extension, and other partners also found ways to meet the needs of the forest landowners who own 80% of Connecticut’s forests. CFPA staff are working with partners and volunteers to offer additional forest conservation programs for forest landowners while continuing a commitment to Coverts, the CT Forestry Tour, Project Learning Tree, and other activities. Related benefits from this work should be additional forest landowners who contact CFPA on forestry and trail issues, stronger relationships with a variety of consulting/state foresters, as well as new CFPA members and ambassadors.