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Over the past several months, SCRCOG and NVCOG have been engaging with stakeholders, municipal leaders & staff, and the public to get feedback on regional priorities for reducing greenhouse gases in New Haven County as part of the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program. As we near the completion of our draft Priority Climate Action Plan, we would like to begin outlining the logistics of submitting a regional application for implementation grant funding during Phase 2 of the CPRG Program.


To begin this process, we will be hosting a workshop on Tuesday, December 19th to begin coordination on a regional grant application, including reviewing roles and responsibilities of all co-applicants.


The purpose of this workshop is to:


When: Tuesday, December 19th from 10 - 11 AM

Where: 127 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor West (Rear), North Haven, CT and online via Zoom


Please join us in-person at the SCRCOG Offices or online via Zoom for this hour-long workshop. You can register* for the workshop via the following link:


*Note: Please register via the link provided, regardless of how you plan to attend.


Thank you,



Stephanie Camp

Regional Planner

South Central Regional Council of Governments

South Central Regional Conservation Partnership Relaunch

MAY 10   |   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for the relaunch of the South Central Regional Land Conservation Alliance, a regional conservation partnership (RCP) with the mission of protecting and conserving open space in south central Connecticut by collaborating across boundaries to foster a stronger connection between people and nature.

This event is open to partners within SCRLCA, which includes land trusts and watershed associations located within the Regional Water Authority’s (RWA) service area and/or the South Central Regional Council of Governments’ (SCRCOG) service area.

Attendees will have a unique opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lake Whitney Water Treatment Plant located across from the Whitney Dam - 900 Whitney Ave, Hamden CT 06517. The tour will be followed by discussions with representatives from the Connecticut Land Conservation Council and Regional Water Authority about funding opportunities and policy updates from the current legislative session. We’ll also continue to gather input about how to make this RCP effective and useful to the conservation organizations in this region. Light refreshments will be provided.  Please register HERE:

5pm Wed 8/11/21  Farm River Watershed DRAFT Plan Review Zoom call.  All are welcome!! Meeting ID: 830 5297 3931

Passcode: 170395 

Past Spring Meeting, 2020. 

Via: Zoom meeting

The South Coast Regional Land Conservation Alliance is happy to present Mary Ellen Lemay (Mel) as our guest speaker. 

Mel is  the Landowner Engagement Director for the Aspetuck Land Trust (Westport, Fairfield,Weston, Easton CT), Pollinator Pathway Facilitator for the Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership, and also Member of the Connecticut Native Plants Working Group.

With over 85 towns in CT and NY in various stages of launching PollinatorPathway,this landowner outreach strategy has taken the region by storm in only 2 years.  

By planting natives, avoiding pesticides, and reducing lawn, this very scalable initiative has the potential to create healthy, connected habitats for pollinators and wildlife as they move across the landscape.   

The Pollinator Pathway has all the ingredients to help landowners restore biodiversity with simple action steps

We will have light refreshments courtesy of the Regional Water Association and the meeting in their headquarters, just off of I-95 for easy access.

90 Sargent Drive, New Haven CT

West Rock Ridge Park Association Joins the SCRLCA

The alliance welcomes the West Rock Ridge Park Association to the SCRLCA. 

WRRPA is a volunteer organization, and was started in 1974 by Dr. William Doheny of Hamden, ecologist Dr. Stephen Collins of Bethany and Mr. Peter Cooper, a Woodbridge attorney, with the express purpose of creating a state park. The Association’s main purposes were and are

The Association relies on volunteer members to maintain the seven-mile-long Regicides Trail, one of the most famous CT Blue Trails.


Middlesex Land Trust Joins the SCRLCA

The alliance is happy to add Middlesex Land Trust to our group; adding an other strong and active Land Trust from our region that encompasses 7 towns! 

Since 1987, the land trust has been dedicated to the preservation of land for all to enjoy. Working in Cromwell, Durham, Middlefield,  Middletown, East Hampton, Portland and Haddam Neck, they currently own and manage more than 1,000 acres in 52 preserves.

Visit the trust for more information at: 


Want to be part of a new shared messaging campaign?

Building on the Forests Make Us Healthier campaign launched by The Northeast Forest Network (NFN) last fall, they have released a new Stand Up For Forests campaign for Facebook and Instagram, scheduled to launch June 1. 

The campaign is designed to run from June through October, and remind your followers how "forests make us healthier" and to encourage them to enjoy their local green spaces and share their experiences. The campaign assets – including images, copy and detailed instructions – are available to all.

Assets for June are available now. And new materials will be posted monthly through September. 

You can learn more and download assets here and subscribe to monthly updates here


Bill Labich (he/him)

Senior Conservationist

Highstead Foundation

P.O. Box 1097, Redding, CT 06875

(413) 658-5308 (c)                                                                                                                

Presented at our 2019 Fall Meeting:

Regional Water Authority Water Source Protection Presentation

Pollinators in Connecticut 

DEEP: Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection Ct.