H2H Member Receives National Award for All-Volunteer Contributions to Land Conservation

October 2018

The Newtown Forest Association, a founding member of H2H, received the National Land Trust Excellence Award from the Land Trust Alliance at Rally 2018: The National Land Conservation Conference, held this year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The award honors an all-volunteer land trust that has demonstrated outstanding achievement within its community.

“I am proud to say that the Newtown Forest Association is fortunate to actually have a piece of wild, open space in nearly everyone’s neighborhood in our community. Our all-volunteer board takes pride in our conservation work and view this as an important lesson to be shared in working together to make these goals a reality,” said Bob Eckenrode, NFA President, in his acceptance remarks at the Rally. Eckenrode cited NFA’s history of collaborating across organizations and boundaries, first through the Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership, and today through H2H, as a key feature of their approach to landscape conservation.

In bestowing the award, the LTA highlighted “the steadfast dedication of the land trust’s board and other volunteers to preserving forests, agricultural lands, nature preserves, watersheds and other open-space lands is a testament to their contribution to the land trust movement.”

Click here to read the LTA press release!


LTA video highlights the value of NFA’s land conservation work to the Newtown community and region




Jonathan Rose, guest speaker at H2H All-Partner Meeting

December 2017

Members of the Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership convened at Pace University for an All-Partner Meeting on December 6th featuring guest speaker Jonathan F.P. Rose, a renowned urban planner, real estate developer, and author. Rose delivered a rousing call to “equalize the landscape of opportunity for all” through planning and design that attends to community needs such as affordable housing, education, healthcare, and open space.

A big thank you to Pace University for hosting this event for community members to discuss regional conservation planning efforts! The presentation was followed by working group updates and a review of draft maps showing conservation priorities in urban, suburban and rural areas prepared in support of H2H’s Strategic Conservation Plan.


Media Highlights

May 2018 – Aspetuck Land Trust: WPKN Community Radio Interviews David Brandt about local land trust activities

May 2018 – Aspetuck Land Trust: Connoisseur Media interviews Executive Director David Brant (click ahead to 41:15 to hear the interview).

November 2017 – Aspetuck Land Trust purchases 38 acres in Weston

January 2016 – H2H Becomes Regional Conservation Partnership 

September 2016 – Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) Landowners Protect Land with Conservation Easement

October 2014 – Hudson to Housatonic Initiative Helps Landowners Conserve Water Supplies & Wildlife Habitat