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Celebrating our Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart and soul of CFPA. Without people stepping up to work on trails, lead hikes, steward protected properties, educate the community, or call their legislators, Connecticut would not be the great place it is.

Volunteers are essential to the conservation effort that protects forests and maintains the Blue Trails. In 2019, over 16,000 reported hours (of often hard work) were donated by CFPA volunteers. Almost 200 volunteers, members, donors, and friends showed up at A Villa Louisa in Bolton on Friday, November 1 to celebrate their efforts in service to the community of people who care about forests, parks, and trails in Connecticut. 

Throughout the evening we thanked the people who make CFPA’s work possible. Trail volunteers Kathy Carlson and Liane Stevens were awarded the Golden Gloves for their tenacious trail work, while Jo-Ann Bowen was recognized for her tireless efforts with the Friends of Auerfarm Scenic Reserve.

Lastly we took the time to thank board member Tom Degnan for going above and beyond his responsibility as a board member. In the last year he has milled and donated lumber, created volunteer opportunities for his co-workers, and presented on forestry to the master naturalist program.

It is volunteers like these that make CFPA a leader in Conservation in Connecticut. We cannot thank volunteers enough – we ask that you thank them with your support as well.

The evening was made possible by donors and partners who support CFPA and its volunteers all year-long. A special thank you to Eversource for sponsoring the evening and Jones Winery for donating multiple cases of Woodlands White to serve during dinner.