Following are CFPA's State and Federal conservation policy priorities for 2018 with links to more information. Please contact Executive Director Eric Hammerling if you have any questions.
- AMEND the CT Constitution to protect your Public Lands from being sold, swapped, or given away by the CT General Assembly without adequate public input.
- ENSURE Passport to the Parks funds operations and maintenance of State Parks at a sustainable level to keep State Parks and campgrounds open.
- INVOLVE Municipal Tree Wardens in municipal site plan reviews as part of the Planning & Zoning process to ensure tree selection is compatible with community goals for their future roadside forest.
- AUTHORIZE certain municipalities to collect a real estate conveyance fee to support local open space and farmland acquisition as well as park, forest and trail management projects.
- SUPPORT full funding of Community Investment Act, Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program, Farmland Preservation Program, and Recreation & Natural Heritage Trust Fund.
- LEVEL the playing field amongst all 11 national scenic trails by supporting “unit” status for the New England, Ice Age, and North Country National Scenic Trails.
- INCENTIVIZE private landowners to donate recreational access easements along the New England Trail through passage of the “Complete America’s Great Trails Act.”
- MAINTAIN key federal programs (e.g., Forest Legacy, Land and Water Conservation Fund, National Scenic Trail funding through the National Park Service, etc.) that further the conservation of forests, open space, and recreational trails.