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HVA honors Bill Labich of Highstead with its Eliot Wadsworth Litchfield Hills Greenprint Award

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Housatonic Valley Association honored Highstead Regional Conservationist Bill Labich with its Eliot Wadsworth Litchfield Hills Greenprint Award on October 18th, 2014 at its Annual meeting held in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut.  The Eliot Wadsworth Litchfield Hills Greenprint Award recognizes individuals and organizations whose efforts significantly advance the Greenprint’s regional vision of strategic, collaborative conservation action in Northwest Connecticut.

HVA is proud to recognize Bill Labich this year for his tireless work on behalf of regional conservation partnerships across New England, including the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative in Northwest Connecticut.    Bill is Highstead's Regional Conservationist and Coordinator of the Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network.  He is a highly respected “servant leader” to a vibrant RCP network that he has fostered for our mutual benefit. He also serves as Co-coordinator of the Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership.  He and Highstead have directed funding and training opportunities toward our Collaborative and actively promote the Greenprint and its accomplishments far beyond our region.

HVA is a watershed organization and accredited land trust based in Cornwall Bridge, CT that hosts the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative and provides staffing and administrative support for its activities.

Highstead, based in Redding, CT, is a foundation that works to conserve the forested landscape of New England through science, sound stewardship, and collaboration with regional partners.

Past recipients of the Eliot Wadsworth Litchfield Hills Greenprint Award include:

2013 - Peter Litwin, president of the Litchfield Land Trust, for championing the concept of identifying landholdings as legacy properties within the Litchfield Hills and, along with his wife, Eileen, becoming the first landowners to accept legacy land designation of their own Arbutus Farm in Litchfield.

2012 - Dennis Collins of Norfolk for his unwavering commitment to the land trust movement and for his leadership and support for a regional approach to land protection in the Litchfield Hills.

2011 - Hector Prud'Homme & Cornwall Conservation Trust for exemplifying the spirit and ideals of regional partnership by working beyond Cornwall’s borders to contribute resources, expertise and funding to land conservation in Goshen, Falls Village and Sharon.

2010 - William Arnold & Connie Manes for Kent Land Trust, for becoming the first land trust in western Connecticut (and the second in the entire tri-state Housatonic Watershed) to achieve Land Trust Alliance accreditation as one of the premiere land trusts in the nation.

2009 - Whitney Hatch for The Trust For Public Land for enabling six landowners on Skiff Mountain in Kent and Sharon to permanently protect 705 acres by securing Federal Forest legacy easements for their properties.

2008 - Lou & Elaine Hecht & George Massey & Salisbury Land Trust for their exemplary record of land protection and cross boundary partnerships.

2007 - Ruth Skovran & Pat Mechare of Canaan/Falls Village “for launching the Northwest Connecticut Planning Collaborative.

2006 - Eliot Wadsworth II of Morris, CT, whose regional conservation vision and investment of time, ideas and resources helped to launch the Litchfield Hills Greenprint.

For more information contact Greenprint Director Tim Abbott at 860-672 6678.



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