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Greenprint Partnerships with Girl Scouts Save More Land

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kent Land Trust invited its key partners and supporters to celebrate the closing of a 251-acre conservation transaction with Girl Scouts of Connecticut Council of Connecticut.  Girl Scout Camp Francis in Kent and Warren, CT has been purchased by Kent Land Trust, which will protect this extraodinary place in perpetuity and provide recreational public access opportunities.  THis is the second conservation transaction with the Council in the past few months, following on Norfolk Land Trusts acquisition of 311 acres of Girl Scout Camp Iwatka, now Norfolk's Pine Mountain Preserve.

The Girl Scouts are not merely unloading surplus lands, and they are not abandoning their commitment to places that have created a lifetime of meaningful relationships and experiences for generations of Girls in Connecticut. Rather, these opportunities arose because the Litchfield Hills Greenprint took the initiaitve and engaged the Council in discussions about purchasing land or easements within our region.  Five local Girl Scout Councils had consolidated into a single organization just as the Great Recession hit, making this an opportune moment to consider strategic land protection projects with the Council.

With Greenprint help, $692,000 in federal Highlands Conservation Act funds were identified and secured for these projects.  The Council have engaged the Housatonic Valley Association and its Greenprint  staffto help them assess the feasibility of conserving additional Girl Scout lands where appropriate across Connecticut.  This kind of creative conservation partnership between non-profits with different mandates but similar values is a growing and promising trend for land protection in Connecitcut and beyond.

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