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2014 Spring Habitat

  • Increasing Salamander Conservation
  • Wetlands Trifecta
  • Supporting Native Pollinators
  • State Conservation Lands - Permanent
  • Commission Membership
  • CACIWC News



The Habitat Winter 2014

  • Journey to the Legal Horizon Results of 2013 Statewide Survey of Municipal Wetlands Regulations: Upland Review Areas, Vernal Pools and Vegetated Buffers
  • Native Trees to Plant Now
  • CT DEEP Open Space Grant Awards Sharon IWCC Wins Award
  • CACIWC Annual Meeting



The Habitat Fall 2013

The Habitat Summer 2013

The Habitat Spring 2013

The Habitat Winter 2012

The Habitat Fall 2012

The Habitat Summer 2012

The Habitat Spring 2012

The Habitat -- Winter 2011

The Habitiat --Fall 2011

The Habitat -- Summer 2011

The Habitat -- Spring 2011


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"Dedicated to constant vigilance, judicious management and conservation of our precious natural resources."

Mission Statement: "To promote the statutory responsibilities of Connecticut Conservation Commissions and Inland Wetland Commissions and to foster environmental quality through education and through the conservation and protection of wetlands and other natural resources." caciwc



37th Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference
Saturday, November 15, 2014

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* * * Membership Dues For July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 Are Now Due * * *

Renewal Form click here



Act Now to Protect Your State Parks, Forests and Agricultural Lands


Please contact your State Senator and Representative to let them know that

  1. CT State Parks, Forest and Agriculture lands deserve to be protected in perpetuity; and
  2. You strongly support Bill 70 raised by the Environment Committee

Click Here for more information




2013 Annual Meeting &
Environmental Handouts

Click here for workshop presentation handouts. (NEW!)

Click here for the Municipal Wetlands Regulations Survey graphics


Emerald Ash Borer Found in Prospect and Naugatuck, ConnecticutEmerald Ash Borer Info

New Haven, CT – The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) todayannounced that the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) was detected in Prospect, CT on July 16, 2012 by staff members at CAES. The identification has been confirmed by federal regulatory officials in the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA APHIS-PPQ). This is the first record of this pest in Connecticut, which is added to 15 other states where infestations have been detected. A new probable site of infestation is located in the Naugatuck State Forest. The beetle identification is unconfirmed. The emerald ash borer is responsible for the death and decline of tens of millions of ash trees from the mid-west to New York State and south to Tennessee. Ash makes up about 4% to 15% of Connecticut's forests and is a common urban tree.

Click here to read Press Release from The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station


Report Sightings of Invasive Mile-A-Minute

Mile-a-minute vineMile a MinuteVine Mile-a-minute vine is a highly invasive annual plant from eastern Asia that can quickly cover, outcompete and replace native vegetation, damaging habitat for native plants and animals. Early detection and rapid response are essential for control. Mile-a-minute was first found in Connecticut in Fairfield County in 1997. Since then, it has spread to 20 Connecticut towns, as far east as Stonington and as far north as Simsbury. Mile-a-minute spreads by seed and quickly grows into dense stands. Seeds are spread by wind and water.

Visit for additional identification tips, photographs and control information. You can also contact Logan Senack ( or Donna Ellis (860-486-6448; for additional information. To report a suspected mile-a-minute invasion, visit the above website or contact Donna Ellis at UConn at 860-486-6448.



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New Publications and Links

2014 Spring Habitat

  • Increasing Salamander Conservation
  • Wetlands Trifecta
  • Supporting Native Pollinators
  • State Conservation Lands - Permanent
  • Commission Membership
  • CACIWC News


The Habitat Winter 2014



Stream Temperature Monitoring Website

If you plan to conduct stream temperature monitoring you must be check for quailty control measures.
Contact Meghan Rute, CT DEEP, P: 860.424.3061 , E:


Now accepting applications to form a New RBV Group

DEEP is currently accepting RBV training requests for groups interested in a new River Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) program in their area during the fall 2014 monitoring season. If you are considering doing so, please contact Meghan Rute, CT DEEP, P: 860.424.3061 , E: All new groups are required to have at least one representative attend new group training.


Planning for Agriculture:
A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities

American Farmland Trust and Connecticut Conference of Municipalities are pleased to announce the release of the updated Planning for Agriculture: A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities. The 63-page guide is a tool to assist town boards, local elected officials and citizen advocates in finding ways to support local farms and farm businesses and to retain and protect farmland. An electronic version of the guide is available online at: OR



Your Environmental Toolkit for Properly Assessing Development Proposals

CACIWC is pleased to provide Conservation Commissions with a new environmental toolkit pamphlet to help commissioners properly assess development proposals that may come before their town. Click here to download pamphlet.

Historical find in Haddam

Yellow groove running bamboo has naturalized by rhizomes washing downstream. Naturalized colony documented on 7-28-2013 in Pine Brook Preserve - Haddam, CT.