Connecticut: 2012 Year in Review

See what YOU have helped us accomplish in 2012!

Dutch elm disease has ravaged American elm populations since the 1970s. Today, we’re helping to bring back these majestic trees – and support floodplain ecology – by planting disease-resistant varieties at strategic sites along the Connecticut River.

Fish need to move freely to find food, escape predators and reproduce. With your help, they now have 63 new miles of prime upstream habitat on Anguilla Brook and the Mattabesset River.

Eels are crucial to the health of our rivers, but we know very little about their life cycles. These tagged eels will help us understand how they respond to man-made obstacles – such as dams and water treatment plants – when traveling downstream to breed.

Thank you, volunteers, for keeping our trails clear, preserves maintained and streams healthy! Want to join them?

We protected 40 acres in Old Lyme, 48 acres in Haddam and 124 acres in Thompson with help from Old Lyme Land Trust, Wyndham Land Trust and US Fish & Wildlife Service.

This invasive reed can crowd out native plants and the birds and insects that depend on those species to survive. We treated large swaths of the plant through an Ecosystem Management and Habitat Restoration grant administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The Conservancy sponsored a pioneering study on eelgrass habitat and genetics that identified excess nitrogen and warming oceans as the biggest regional threats to this important species.

Did you know that horseshoe crab blood is used to test vaccines and medical devices for harmful bacteria? We’re hoping to establish where they live, how they move and how we can help protect them.

Use of the Coastal Resilience Tool and the Conservancy’s innovative climate planning workshops is helping these communities to be better prepared for storm surges and rising sea levels.

These dollars will go a long way in supporting the Plant a Billion Trees program.


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