DEEP: 1998 Individual/Civic Group GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
1998 Individual/Civic Group Related

Name of Individual or Civic Group

Category/Activity

Description of Activity

Winsted Improvement Network
Winsted, CT
Improve public access to shore/waterfront property through voluntary projects and adopt a park- sponsor river/beach clean up day The organization was involved with several projects to enhance community. They have hosted clean up days to clean and sweep Main Street sidewalks and rake and trim public and non-profit buildings areas. They were also involved with riverfront parks and walks by trimming back overgrowth, providing picnic tables and benches, and drawing attention to fishing access.
Frank Grazynski
Trumbull, CT
Implement habitat enhancement for wildlife on private property Mr. Grazynski redesigned and expanded a pond on his property. He continued the enhancement to an "all yard" wildlife habitat (3/4 acre site). The property is frequented by birds, rabbits, chipmunks, snakes, raccoons, skunks, possum, deer, and other wildlife.
Trumbull Land Trust, Inc.
Trumbull, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs Created and maintains a webpage dedicated to environmental education and action; started a series of courses at the "Y" for youth (K to 5); held seminars for Habitat for Community families in Bridgeport using grant funds for gardening tools and landscape plants for new homeowners; worked with 20 youth carpentry trainees as part of the "Youth ReBuild" program; and continued with their promotion of backyard habitat creation.
Everett Dowe
Windsor, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Nominated by the Town of Windsor, Mr. Dowe was involved with the installation of a windmill for alternative energy at Northwest Park in Windsor; the creation of intern housing at Northwest Park that will further conservation at the park; and the Matianuck State park trail system. He is the Riverfront Recapture liaison for the town and he serves as head of the Youth Conservation Corps at Northwest park.
Housatonic Valley Association
Cornwall Bridge, CT
Sponsor a river or beach clean up day On September 27, 1997 the HVA coordinated it fifth annual watershed-wide source-to-sound river clean up. More than 1000 volunteers removed 40 tons of trash from the Housatonic, Pomperaug, Nonnewaug, Weekeepeemee, Far Mill, Cobble Brook, East Aspetuck, Johnson's Creek rivers and Candlewood Lake. The five year total is 433 tons of trash removed.
Trout Unlimited
Thames Valley Chapter

Uncasville, CT
Sponsor a river or beach clean up day; voluntarily contribute significant time to environmental instructional programs; implement habitat enhancements; and donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects Annually, the Thames Valley Chapter conducts stream clean ups on the Shetucket, Moosup, and Yantic rivers. Through member efforts, numerous rivers and streams of the Thames River watershed are surveyed for environmental violations as well as assisting DEP with projects on the Moosup and Shetucket rivers and stocking trout in major streams. They were also instrumental in the construction of a fish ladder on Trading Cove Brook.
Anne & David B. Bingham, M.D.
Salem, CT
Promote conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitat via permanent non-development easement Doctor Bingham and his wife donated land to the Salem Land Trust for permanent protection of wildlife habitat in the Eight Mile River watershed corridor. They also formed the Salem Land Trust for preservation of critical wildlife areas in Salem.
Salem Land Trust
Salem, CT
Promote conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitat via permanent non-development easement The Salem Land Trust, which was recently established, assists with the preservation of critical wildlife areas in the Town of Salem. It received its first parcel of land to protect under the Trust.
Somers Sportsmen's Association, Inc.
Somers, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs and donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects The Association sponsors and teaches a minimum of five CE/FS firearms classes per year. At least one course is offered in connection with the Vocational Agriculture program at Rockville High School. The Association also sponsors and instructs at least two CE/FS archery classes every year. They host and teach a minimum of one CE/FS instructor workshop every year.

The Association assists the Town of Somers with its annual household waste disposal day. Their voluntary participation helps the town save hundreds of dollars.

Beacon Falls Economic Development Commission
Beacon Falls, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups The Beacon Falls EDC completed construction of a timber staircase that leads to the Naugatuck River. The purpose of the project is to provide safe access to the river. This is a community project involving youth groups, civic organizations, volunteers and local businesses. This project represents a stepping stone for future greenway projects. The organization hopes to complete the construction of a handicap ramp and patio area by early 1999.
Madeline Migliorini
Fairfield, CT
font face="Times New Roman">Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Presented eight months of testimony to the Wetland Commission in Fairfield in an effort to change setback buffers as a way to stop non-point source pollution and clean local waters. She has been working with the Westport Nature Center on water testing. She provided information and research to DEP and helped get Sasco Brook listed on the federal EPA list with "TMDL" status.
Salisbury Land Trust
Salisbury, CT
Promote conservation and preservation and open large tracts of private property The Salisbury Land Trust, working in conjunction with the Sharon Land Trust, raised $300,000 through Land Trust and community donations to "rescue" 70 acres of exceptional land through a permanent, non-development easement. Known locally as "Twin Oaks" the property bridges the two towns and contains meadows, critical wetlands, and panoramic vistas.
Robert L. Smith, Jr.
Pawcatuck, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instruction programs Mr. Smith teaches through "CE/FS" CT Education and Firearms Safety Program. He teaches hunting and archery to maintain wildlife and educate people about the habitat of wildlife.
Maria Folsom
Naugatuck, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Ms. Folsom trained and guided girl scouts, along with a grassroots committee, in activities that resulted in securing the first passive municipal green open space in Naugatuck. She also organized cultural environmental activities at the open space.
Friends of Sherwood Island State Park
Westport, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or beach for a period of 12 months The Friends are a local lobbyist for State Parks and watchdogs over projects on Sherwood Island. They provide environmental education to visitors about plants and animals found on the Island. The Friends also sponsored an international beach clean up in the fall of 1997, assisted by cub scouts from Fairfield, at the East Beach at the island.
Stonington Garden Club
Stonington, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs The Stonington Garden Club published a teacher's aid, 56 page natural science book, "What's Up Outside", and donated it to every third grade classroom in Connecticut. The project was funded by the SGC, other Federated Garden Clubs of CT, grants, businesses, individuals, and a grant from the Long Island Sound license plate program.
Warren G. Speh
North Stonington, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups and voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs Mr. Speh is an instructor in the DEP CE/FS programs. He is certified in the areas of firearms safety, bowhunting, and trapping. He is the Director for the "Friends of CE/FS" program. He donates his time to the DEP as a fall pheasant stocker in Eastern CT. He is the secretary of New London/Windham County League of Sportsman Clubs. He is also the coordinator of Southeastern CT Hunters for the Hungry.
Greenwich Green & Clean
Greenwich, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups; adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or beach for a period of 12 months; sponsor a river or beach clean up day; and promote conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats The Organization: (1) Runs a minimum of 40 school outings per year (clean ups, plantings, etc.); (2) holds two town-wide clean ups per year; (3) created mini parks on town and state property; (4) runs a summer youth employment program planting and cleaning town parks and roads; (5) serves as fiduciary and advisor to a large Town Youth Conservation Program; (6) organizes and implements the town recycling program; and (7) teaches environmental and recycling education in all schools.
West Rock Ridge Park Association
Hamden, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs and adopt a park, a stretch of highway or beach for a period of 12 months The Association was a prime mover in the creation of the 1700 acre West Rock Ridge State Park. The Association maintains Regicides Trail and had it designated as one of the state's scenic trails. WRRPA was responsible for having West Rock put on the state register of historical places. WRRPA is one of the founding groups of Friends of Connecticut State Parks.
Laura Foltz
Hebron, CT
Implement habitat enhancement for wildlife on private property Ms. Foltz purchased about 75 trees and shrubs this spring (mostly shrubs), all of which were selected specifically because they produce berries that are attractive to birds and other wildlife. The trees and shrubs are planted on her property to enhance the attractiveness of the site to wildlife. No pesticides are used on the shrubs and nearly all of the shrubs are native to this area.
Robert C. Jaeger
Canaan, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs Mr. Jaeger is a Connecticut Conservation Education Instructor. He teaches at least two hunter safety classes per year. Each class represents approximately 25 hours of work.
Jay and Jackie Halpern
Oxford, CT
Open large tracts of private property for public recreation; voluntarily contribute time and resources to environmental instructional programs; implement wildlife enhancements; and donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects The Halpern's wrote a successful grant application that enabled a Land Trust to obtain 43.5 acres of private land. The Halpern's obtained Covert Cooperator status through UCONN extension service, training and performing certain requisite services. They earned "Backyard Wildlife Habitat" designation (certificate #20686) for their property from the National Wildlife Federation. They are also members of the Board of Directors of the Oxford Land Trust.
Peter Davis
New Haven River Keeper
New Haven, CT
Sponsor a river or beach clean up day; organize a river watch program; voluntarily contribute significant time to environmental instructional programs; and donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Mr. Davis is actively involved in promoting and organizing river clean up efforts in the New Haven area. He works with other associations in his efforts to preserve local rivers and beaches.

He works with volunteers, schools and the general public to monitor water quality and encourage the safe use of waterways.

Mr. Davis participates in school programs that promote keeping rivers clean. He is also a coordinator of the "Junior Riverkeeper Program" which promotes youth stewardship of local rivers.

Michael A. Zizka
Burlington, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Donated in excess of $50,000 of legal time over the past 10 years to write and revise three editions of "What's Legally Required: a Guide to the Legal Rules For Making Local Land-Use Decisions In The State of Connecticut". The book is relied upon by every wetland commission, zoning board, and dozens of other municipal commissions. Attorney Zizka has prepared this book at no cost to the public since 1988.
Troop 72 BSA
Colchester, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Troop 72 donated several hundred hours to build a handicapped footbridge at Devil's Hopyard State Park. The bridge will provide a better view of the waterfall. In addition, the Troop cut a new 2-mile long trail to Split Rock in Gay City State Park. Both projects required funds to be raised by the scouts for materials.
Charles Hisey
Willington, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and resources to environmental instructional programs; implement habitat enhancements; and donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement Mr. Hisey teaches fly fishing and fly tying for television and local schools. He volunteers more than 75 hours each year through Trout Unlimited. He also assists the DEP with its annual fish stocking efforts. Mr. Hisey also participates in river clean ups.
Dean Hanink
Mansfield, CT
Donates time and/or resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects and implements habitat enhancements Mr. Hanick volunteers more than 50 hours each year through Trout Unlimited. He actively assists the DEP with its annual fish stocking efforts. He is also involved with river clean ups, environmental publications and publicity.
John Mansfield
Mansfield Center, CT
Voluntarily contributes significant time and resources to environmental instructional programs and Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects Mr. Mansfield teaches fly fishing and fly tying for television and local schools. Annually he volunteers more than 50 hours through Trout Unlimited. He also assists the DEP with its annual fish stocking efforts. Mr. Mansfield also participates in river clean ups.
Lyle Lilie
Ashford, CT
Implements habitat enhancements and donates time and resources to assist with environmental. enhancement projects. Mr. Lilie volunteers more than 50 hours each year through Trout Unlimited. He actively assists the DEP with its annual fish stocking efforts. He is also involved with river clean ups, environmental publications and publicity.
Stephen Tripp, Jr.
Putnam, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and resources to environmental instructional programs and donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Mr. Tripp teaches general fishing, fly fishing and fly tying. He volunteers more than 75 hours each year through Trout Unlimited and CARE. He assists the DEP with its annual fish stocking efforts. Mr. Tripp also participates in river clean ups.
Stuart Lilie
Ashford, CT
Implement habitat enhancements and donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Mr. Lilie volunteers more than 50 hours each year through Trout Unlimited. He actively assists the DEP with its annual fish stocking efforts. He is also involved with river clean ups, environmental publications and publicity.
Scott Smith
Putnam, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and resources to environmental instructional programs and donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects Mr. Smith is a fly fishing instructor. He volunteers more than 50 hours every year through Trout Unlimited. He assists the DEP with its annual fish stocking efforts. He also participates in river clean up projects.
Trout Unlimited
Natchaug Chapter 

Ashford, CT
Sponsor a river or beach clean up day; implement habitat enhancements; voluntarily contribute significant time and resources to environmental instructional programs; and donate time and resources to assist with environ-mental enhancement projects This organization sponsored river clean ups in the spring of 1998, 1997, 1996, and 1995 (Natchaug River, Mt. Hope River, Fenton River, and the Still River). It participated in float box fish stocking in 1998, 1997, 1996, and 1995 (Natchaug River, Mt. Hope River, Fenton River, Still River, Bigelow Brook, and the Willimantic River). They donated over 150 volunteer-hours last year.
Bradford I. Nicholson
East Granby, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects; implement habitat enhancements; voluntarily contribute significant time and resources to environmental instructional programs Mr. Nicholson works with 87 acres in East Granby to protect vernal pool wetlands. He conducts the mowing and reclaiming of old pasture land into open areas consisting of hard and soft edges as a way to promote better wildlife habitat. These 87 acres are now under the State Permit required hunting program. He is also a DEP CEFS program instructor in which he volunteers his time.
Friends of Harkness Memorial State Park
Waterford, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or beach for a period of 12 months This organization routinely provides over 8000 hours of volunteer labor (4.5 full time positions) at Harkness annually. This includes assistance in park maintenance (gardens and orchard), interpretation (docent program), special events, and fund raising for major restoration projects (greenhouse).
Joshua's Tract Conservation & Historic Trust
Mansfield Center, CT
Open large tracts of private property for public recreation and promote conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitat via a permanent non-development easement This organization was able to obtain a permanent, non-development easement on 85 acres of prime woodland owned by Margaret and Arthur Pinkham in Ashford. The property is adjacent to the existing Friedman Forest Preserve and is near portions of the Natchaug Forest. Nearly all of the Trust's 1432 acres are open to the public for passive recreation.
Wallingford Adopt a Road Program
Wallingford, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or beach for a period of 12 months This program encourages clubs, organizations, and citizens to participate in a roadside litter clean-up campaign. Three hundred volunteers adopted 160 roads. In addition to spring and fall clean up campaigns, volunteers are encouraged to maintain their streets litter-free all year.

The program also includes an element of education. A 25-minute slide presentation was prepared for children in grades K-2. Educating the children gets the message to other family members and friends.

Douglas Dow
West Haven, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and resources to environmental instructional programs Mr. Dow teaches hunter safety to state citizens. These programs stress ethics, safety, conservation, safe firearms handling, etc. He administers the tests and certifies the results.
Zbigniew (Benny) Bogacki
Rocky Hill, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and resources to environmental instructional programs As a chief instructor for CE/FS course, he contributes significant time to the environmental instructional program. He has been running the course twice a year for the past four years. About 250-300 people have successfully graduated from his classes.
David Terza
Manchester, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and resources to environmental instructional programs Mr. Terza is a certified volunteer instructor of Conservation Education and Firearm Safety as well as Bowhunting Safety.
Silver City Bassmasters
East Berlin, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or beach for a period of 12 months; sponsor a river or beach clean up day; and voluntarily contribute significant time and resources to environmental instructional programs The Silver City Bassmasters have
(1) Adopted Silver Lake.
(2) Sponsored Silver Lake clean-ups for the past five years.
(3) Taught youth about fishing using the "Pathway to Fishing" program. The group conducts between two and five classes per year.
Suffield Land Conservancy
West Suffield, CT
Implement habitat enhancement for wildlife on private property The Organization removed hemlock species infested with wooly adelgid. They replanted with disease resistant species. They created brush piles for wildlife habitat in an 80-acre tract that had been donated to the Suffield Land Conservancy. They also improved public access to this tract.
Friends of CT State Parks
Rockfall, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or beach for a period of 12 months This organization conducted the following activities: printed 150,000 trail maps for the parks; developed a web page for the state parks; worked with diverse groups and the legislature to increase park funding; publish a newsletter about the parks; and assisted in the development of individual "park friends" groups.
Old Lyme Conservation Trust, Inc.
Old Lyme, CT
Implement habitat enhancement for wildlife on private property This organization is involved with the construction of a fishway at Lower Mil Pond dam. The OLCT worked with CRWC, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and others on the first of what OLCT hopes will be 3 fishways that will connect the Connecticut River to Rogers Lake. The property was given to the Trust in 1998.
Colebrook Land Conservancy
Colebrook, CT
Promote conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitat via a permanent non-development easement 1. The Currier easement - 24 acres of wooded and open space. This easement protects the Sandy Brook River and its watershed area. Fragile wetlands, with their abundance of vegetation and wildlife, will not be disturbed.

2. The Garrels easement - 22 acres of mostly wooded forest (maple, cherry and ash). Along the roadside approximately 22 acres have been cleared of 10 to 15-year scrub growth as part of a project to restore old pasturage along the lines of the original stone walls. In addition, owners have developed a 32-acre wildlife opening to the south for game cover and winter browse.

Brownie Troop #6181
Avon, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups This second-grade Brownie troop displayed on a bulletin board at Pine Grove Elementary School cafeteria environmental information promoting recycling, conservation, and care for the environment. They also made a pledge card for students to sign and make a pledge to improve the environment. The troop also sponsored a recycling tree to collect plastic ring (six pack) carriers at school and return them for recycling. The troop, along with two other troops, planted a tree at their school to promote shade and beauty.
The Sleeping Giant Park Association
Hamden, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or a beach for 12 months and donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups This organization promotes, preserves and educates the public regarding Sleepy Giant State Park. The SGPA leads 15 public hikes, each with a different educational theme. It has also worked with many school groups at the park. They help to maintain 30 miles of trails in the park, and publish a quarterly newsletter. They have a membership of 2,000 people.
Vision Waterfront Committee
New Haven, CT
Improve public access to waterfront through voluntary projects; sponsor river or beach clean up day; voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs; and donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Organization activities include:
(1) Ideas and construction of a multi-use pedestrian trail to connect downtown with the harbor;
(2) River and harbor Clean Up activities on the second Saturday of each month from March to October;
(3) Helping the City of West Haven with osprey overlooks on the West River and nesting towers.
(4) Collaboration with the Boy Scouts, Watershed Associations, Land Trusts, Long Island Sound Organizations, and neighborhood associations.
Sarah A. Thompson
Greenwich, CT
Implement habitat enhancement for wildlife on private property Ms. Thompson converted grass lawn into a giant flower garden. Plants selected for the garden attract birds, bees, butterflies, and more. She also installed a bird bath, a bird house, and some bird feeders. The gardening is done organically with no use of chemicals.
John Strillacci
Meriden, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Mr. Strillacci helped develop the Metacomet Ridge Conservation Compact. He helped organize a voluntary regional agreement between 17 towns that pledge the member towns to protect the Metacomet Ridge Ecosystems. By each town taking four specific steps as prescribed in the compact, the unique traprock ridgelines will be safeguarded for the future.
Norm Zimmer
Meriden, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Mr. Zimmer helped develop the Metacomet Ridge Conservation Compact. He helped organize a voluntary regional agreement between 17 towns that pledge the member towns to protect the Metacomet Ridge Ecosystems. By each town taking four specific steps as prescribed in the compact, the unique traprock ridgelines will be safeguarded for the future.
Save the Sound, Inc.
Stamford, CT
Sponsor a river or beach clean up day Save the Sound sponsored a series of beach clean ups in honor of Earth Day. Five beach locations were selected for clean-ups: St. Mary's by the Sea in Bridgeport, Compo Beach in Westport, Calf Pasture in Norwalk, Weed Beach in Darien and Cummings Beach in Stamford. Clean ups were led by volunteer beach captains who educated volunteers about non-point source pollution and its impact on the Sound.
Cornwall Conservation Trust
West Cornwall, CT
Promote conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitat via a permanent non-development easement and donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects Citizen organized land conservation trust working with town committees to provide open space, land for recreational use and habitat improvement for plants and animals. Organization also strives to keep local land use planning under citizen control.
Housatonic Fly Fisherman's Association
Hamden, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and resources to environmental instructional programs; implement habitat enhancement for wildlife on private property; and sponsor a river or beach clean up day Recently completed organization efforts include:
1. HFFA annual Good Friday River Clean-Up and Tree Planting - members collect trash and recyclable containers from banks of the Housatonic River and plant seedlings to stem bank erosion.
2. Furnace Brook Stream Improvement - Construction of habitat structures to enhance wild trout population located in Furnace Brook.
Watershed Alliance of South Kent
South Kent, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects This organization represents a grass roots project to preserve and protect the Hatch Pond Watershed. The Alliance is working on restoring the dam at the south end of Hatch Pond, east bank stabilization, and the management of a feed lot at a farm on the north end of the pond. The Alliance is also involved with promoting public awareness and education on water quality issues as identified in the recommendations of a King's Mark environmental report.
The Friends of West River Memorial Park
West Haven, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or beach for a period of 12 months The Friends of West River Memorial Park represents a collaboration of West Haven and New Haven residents. Members volunteer their time and effort to enhance, preserve and restore the natural habitat of the West River and Memorial Park. To date, the Friends have cleared a viewing area, erected three osprey platforms, established two new canoe or rowboat launch sites, developed a hiking trail and more.
Gary Toczylowski
West Haven, CT
Implement habitat enhancement for wildlife on private property Mr. Toczylowski, Director of Health Environment and Safety at Bayer, has demonstrated care for the environment. Mr. Toczylowski had the vision to create the Oyster River Nature Area. He organized the volunteer effort of management and employees, who cleaned up, developed, and provided access to a five-acre parcel of land on Bayer's property in West Haven. Through ongoing community outreach programs such as "Bring Your Child To Work Day" and "Making Science Make Sense", the area has been opened for visits and tours in an effort to educate children about nature.
Friends of the Wethersfield & Rocky Hill Paths
Rocky Hill, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or beach for a period of 12 months The membership has worked as a non-profit in Wethersfield and Rocky Hill in hopes of establishing a Rail Trail. Under difficult conditions, the membership has cleared and maintained 12 miles of track for recreational use. When the Worchester & Providence RR gained access for a light freight train, membership focused their attention on the 84-acre state and town owned Quarry Park. Recently membership blazed a new trail and looks forward to the future help when a "managerial agreement" is complete.
Friends of Dinosaur Park
Rocky Hill, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or beach for a period of 12 months The Friends is a non-profit organization with a mission to further the exhibits, educational programs, and activities at Dinosaur State Park. The organization accomplishes this through the Park Bookshop, which is run by the Friends. Some 40 or so volunteers provide a diversity of talents and time, including but not limited to dinosaur track maintenance.
Connecticut River Watch Program
Haddam, CT
Organize a river watch program The Program represents a volunteer monitoring, protection, and improvement program for the Connecticut River and its tributaries. The Program is designed to build public awareness of river resources and water quality issues as well as collect high quality data for analysis. The Program encompasses both educational and technical components and will undergo an expansion in the near future.
Carl R. Ferrarese, Sr.
Stratford, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs; donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups; and open large tracts of private property for public recreation Mr. Ferrarese is a CE/FS advanced bowhunting instructor. He teaches an average of six courses per year. Such instructors volunteer 12 hours per course, excluding travel and expenses.

He formed Connecticut Sportsmen with Disabilities, Inc. The organization coordinated a deer hunt on private land in which 42 disabled sportsmen and women, using CE/FS instructors as guides/assistants, were able to once again enjoy the sport of hunting.

He has been commodore of the Bridgeport Boat Owners Association, Inc. for the past 7 years. This organization helps to promote conservation of salt water fisheries.

Mattabesset River Watershed Association
Berlin, CT
Sponsor a river or beach clean up day and implement habitat enhancements for fish and wildlife The Association sponsored a river clean up day that included several sites in Berlin. They recently installed their first osprey nest platform in the Cromwell Meadows Wildlife Management Area.
Clean Sound, Inc.
Shelton, CT
Sponsor a river or beach clean up day and voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs Clean Sound, Inc. sponsored a total of nine beach clean ups between 1/1/97 and 5/1/98. All of the clean up efforts involved 100% volunteers.

Clean Sound, Inc. built and transported the Marine Activity Center (MAC), consisting of 18 functions since 1/1/97, to its current site. The program educates the public about both pollution problems and solutions. MAC includes touch tanks, microscopes, video and slide shows, a library, handouts and a computer system. It is a 100% volunteer organization.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Casarella
Hebron, CT
Purchase an alternative fueled vehicle that generates lower emissions They purchased a natural gas vehicle.
Eleanor Hart
West Hartford, CT
Participate in a voluntary employee commute program Ms. Hart walks back and forth to work (approximately five miles round trip). When she is unable to walk due to adverse weather conditions, she takes the bus or carpools. She does not own a car.

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