DEEP: 2007 Individual/Civic Group GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2007 Individual / Civic Group

Name of Individual or Civic Group

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Lauren Brown
Branford, CT

Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation.

Lauren Brown has worked for the New Haven Land Trust for over a decade, and is now leaving this conservation organization. During her time at the New Haven Land Trust, she applied for and received 11 grants from the Department of Environmental Protection's Long Island Sound Fund, which is supported by the sale of Preserve the Sound specialty motor vehicle license plates. Ms. Lauren approached each of these projects with incredible enthusiasm and ability, and has been successfully in many disciplines of environmental protection. Among her accomplishments are: construction of the Pond Lily Fishway to restore anadromous fish passage to upstream spawning areas in the West River watershed; purchase of over 24 acres of land at Hemingway Creek, Morris Creek and Quinnipiac Meadows consisting of critical wetland and riparian habitats to be preserved for open space and public recreation; improvements to public access and educational opportunities at the Long Wharf Preserve adjacent to New Haven Harbor including construction of trails, a footbridge and educational signs; educational publications about native species; and guided public nature walks. Lauren's enthusiasm and dedication to the improvement and preservation of New Haven's natural environment will be missed.

Christopher William Fedge
Danbury, CT

Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects.

Christopher William Fedge is a boy scout with Troop 52 in Danbury, CT and has completed his Eagle Project. For his project, he worked on a hiking trail located at Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT. Over 3 days he, with a group of scouts from his troup, removed 1.5 tons of heavy debris, including a car, a pickup truck, washing machines, dryers and a stove which were deposited beside the trail near and at the top of the mountain near the airport beacon. All these things had to be cut up and dragged manually down the mountain. It was a difficult but worthwhile project. This greatly improved the trail for all hikers, both in looks and in safety.

Jill Paterson
Simsbury, CT

Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs.

Jill Paterson produced, filmed, edited, narrated, and starred in four (4) TV shows, called the Green Bean Magazine, that were aired on the public access TV station in Simsbury. These shows interviewed various folks and provided useful educational information on how to conserve energy (e.g. use CF bulbs), to prevent air pollution (e.g. don't idle your car), to reduce your carbon footprint (use biodiesel to heat your home), to reduce groundwater and soil pollution (through various landscape tips), to recycle and compost, etc. Ms. Paterson marketed these shows effectively, by getting an article in the Hartford Courant about her show and inviting the public to "Preview Sessions" at local gathering places each month.

Charter Communications CommuniTyVision 21
Newtown, CT

Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program.

Charter Communications implemented a videotape recycling program during April 07 to coincide with Earth Day. In preparation for this campaign the department created commercials, produced informational programming, established a website (www.communityvision21.com/
Pages/Recycle_Tapes.htm), and developed relationships with local transfer stations, recycling centers, and municipal offices in 11 towns. Drop off boxes were established. The offices of Charter Communications were the central reception point for the campaign. The goal was to educate people that throwing videotape in the garbage was a waste of landfill space and that the plastic in the cassettes was recyclable. GreenDisk, a company that specializes in the recycling of "techno trash" was the contracted vendor. They collected 7000 tapes, or 2 tons of material which will be recycled. The campaign will be conducted yearly.

ECO/Boy Scout Troop 27
Durham, CT

Successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit.

ECO and Boy Scout Troop 27 successfully set up a bottle recycling program at the Durham Fair in September of 2006. They successfully removed around 20,000 beverage containers from the waste stream. They sorted the bottles by manufacturer, carbonated or noncarbonated, and aluminum, and non refundables. ECO and Boy Scout Troop 27 sent more than 6,000 bottles to Terracycle, a plant food company that re-uses 20 ounce bottles for packaging their product rather than manufacturing their own. They had hoped the project would increase public awareness of recycling, remove plastics from the waste stream, and open the door to even bigger recycling projects for future years at the fair. The Durham Fair committee has now assigned a person the role of recycling coordinator. Also, ECO and Boy Scout Troop 27 received the President's Environmental Youth Award for their efforts.

Highland Lake Watershed Association
Winsted, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day, voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, and open large tracts of private property for public recreation.

The Highland Lake Watershed Association supports activities that preserve and enhance the Highland Lake Watershed. The HLWA sponsors biannual cleanup days (Spring and Fall). The cleanup days result in a significant amount of trash and assorted garbage being removed from around the lake. Members of the Association collect water samples and conduct Secchi disk testing three times each year. The data is compiled and maintained on an annual basis to report on the overall health of the lake. In June 2007, the HWLA purchased nearly 8 acres of undeveloped property on the lake and donated it to the Winchester Land Trust. The land will remain undeveloped in perpetuity. Financing was provided by a DEP State grant and donations from the HLWA.

Madison Land Conservation Trust
Madison, CT

Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects (e.g., projects or programs promoted by youth groups, community based organizations, businesses, or environmental entities); and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation.

The Madison Land Conservation Trust, since receipt of their last award in 2003, has continued its mission to preserve land and natural resources for the benefit of the general public. They have added 16.6 acres to their Ironwoods Preserve which now contains a total of 102 acres. A trail complex has been developed, blazed and maintained in this preserve. The same has been accomplished in their 115-acre Neck River Uplands Preserve. Both of these areas contain unique wetlands and watercourses critical to a variety of species of wildlife. Public, guided hikes have been offered on a number of their trails. Annually, volunteers from the Trust take part in a springtime community clean-up, usually collecting a number of truckloads of trash and debris.

New Milford Rotary Club
New Milford, CT

Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects (e.g., projects or programs promoted by youth groups, community based organizations, businesses, or environmental entities) and successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit.

On April 28, 2007, The Rotary Club of New Milford held its first annual Community Paper Shredding Day. This Earth Day event, called "ShredFest '07, provided consumers and businesses the opportunity to spring clean their home and office where, for a nominal fee, they can have their confidential documents shredded by a mobile paper shredding truck donated by a local company. The public was invited to bring boxes of documents, old papers, pay stubs, receipts, bank statements, invoices, cancelled checks, tax forms, medical records, credit card statements, old bills, etc. The shredded material will be recycled into paper products. In four hours, approximately 16,000 pounds of paper was collected and shredded that will be recycled to make new paper products. This means that eight tons of paper will not be going into the town's landfill. This also translates into saving approximately 175 trees that will not have to be cut down to make paper products. Money raised from this event was used by The New Milford Rotary Club within the community to help senior citizens, student scholarships, D.A.R.E. programs and other local projects. The paper shredding truck was donated by Secure Eco Shred of Brookfield, CT.

Salem Land Trust
Salem, CT

Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats.

Salem Land Trust (SLT) has purchased and will maintain 101 acres of critical unspoiled woodland in Salem, CT. The Litsky parcel, now known as The Darling Road Preserve, provides an essential land bridge for wildlife at the heart of an 8,000-acre forest. Preservation of old growth forest; a corridor for woodland animals, such as the bobcat, fisher and gray fox, which must move from one preserve to another to find mates and maintain healthy populations and save the habitat of birds like the ground-nesting Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager and Cerulean Warbler. A trail will loop back to Darling Road through the Winslow Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy, connecting to the Eightmile River.

The Eliot Pratt Education Center
New Milford, CT

Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property.

Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property.

Trout Unlimited - Candlewood Valley Chapter
Danbury, CT

Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property.

The Candlewood Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited undertook a major restoration project of Deep Brook, a distressed Class 1 trout stream in Newtown. Deep Brook has suffered two oil spills and flows through a silty meadow that creates deep banks that collapse creating sediment. That sediment and the oil spills posed a threat to the habitat for fish and for macroinvertebrates. Over the last two years the Chapter led a coordinated project to correct the instream and riparian environmental issues. The Chapter gained wide community support, obtained two grants from Trout Unlimited's "Embrace-a-Stream" program, and solicited donations of material and heavy equipment labor. Volunteers from their Chapter and the community put in hundreds of hours of hard work. Within the Deep Brook project area, the stream now has a stabilized bank and a restored habitat.

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