Conservation is more than a job for us. It’s our passion, and we’re committed to protecting Connecticut’s natural resources. Find out more below about what CFPA is fighting for both at the State Legislature and Nationally. Your involvement is the “wind beneath our wings” and the accomplishments we make together are only possible thanks to you!
CFPA has put forward a conservation agenda for Connecticut’s future every year since 1897. Here are our top recommendations at the State level for 2022.
State Legislative Priorities
- Authorize Property Tax Incentive for Private Landowners to Protect Trails.
- Support climate-related priorities such as “Policy on Resilient Forests for Connecticut’s Future” (PRFCT Future) recommendations.
- Enable CT DEEP to more effectively partner with nonprofit organizations and address current administrative grant contracting challenges.
- Ensure public input process for conveying state-owned lands to non-state ownership runs as intended in the state constitution.
- Update Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition (OSWA) statute to better define Urban Green and Community Garden program and make other technical corrections.
- Balance roadside forest health with electric infrastructure resiliency.
State Funding Priorities
- Support CT DEEP staff refills and targeted increases necessary to keep State Parks open and implement conservation priorities up to and beyond the July 1, 2022 retirement cliff.
- Keep the Passport to the Parks funding Intact.
- Continue state support through bonding for recreational trails, open space, and agricultural land protection matching grant programs.
- Protect the Community Investment Act against diversions or raids.
- Increase National Park Service appropriations for the New England Trail.
- Re-admit Connecticut into the federal FHWA/Recreational Trails Program.
- Pass Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA), Complete America’s Great Trails Act, and other CT priorities.
- Protect Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to support Forest Legacy and other critical federal land conservation programs.