Greenprint Members Represent Connecticut in Washington D.C. During Land Trust Advocacy Day
Thursday, April 30, 2015
[Above: Connie Manes, Tim Abbott, Sen. Chris Murphy and Nick Moore]
Tim Abbott (HVA's Greenprint Director) joined Gredenprint partners Connie Manes (Exec. Director of Kent Land Trust) and Nick Moore (founding Board member of Connecticut Farmland Trust and member of Sharon Land Trust) for Land Trust Advocacy Day In Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2015. They met with Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, as well as Congressman John Larson (D CT1) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), along with key staff members in the offices of Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT3) and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT5).
The Land Trust Alliance organized the this Earth Day event, bring nearly 100 advocates from across the country to meet with House and Senate delegations on conservation priorities ranging from the enhanced conservation easement tax incentive, to funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the important land protection programs it supports. Together these advocates held more than 207 meetings with 72 members of Congress and convinced 11 more Senators to cosponsor S.330 to make the conservation tax incentives permanent.
Of particular interest to Greenprint members is the reauthorization of the Highlands Conservation Act (HR 894) and an anticipated companion bill in the Senate. HCA funding has protected six properties totalling more than 1,500 acres across Northwest Connecticut from Sherman to Simsbury since 2007, bringing more than $1,3 million to our region.
[Above: Connie Manes, Tim Abbott, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Nick Moore]
[ Below: Tim Abbott, Connie Manes, Con. Joe Courtney, Nick Moore]