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Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership Meeting. Thursday May 30, 2013 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Highstead 127 Lonetown Rd., Redding Center, CT 06875. Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership 2013 Planning. FCRCP Full Partnership. Approve Imple -mentation Plan.

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fairfield county regional conservation partnership meeting

Fairfield CountyRegional Conservation PartnershipMeeting

Thursday May 30, 20137:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Highstead127 Lonetown Rd., Redding Center, CT 06875

fairfield county regional conservation partnership 2013 planning
Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership2013 Planning

FCRCP Full Partnership





Approve Vision & Goals

Give Input & Prioritize 4-6 Action Areas


Measureable Objectives

For each

Approve Action Areas , Give Feedback on Implementation Plans

Partners to Self-identify

What they will do

Approve SAP Process.

Review Mission

Get feedback on SC Vision, & SWOT


Late October




FCRCP Steering Committee


Implementation Plan: ID Needs and Opportunities

to Achieve the Implementation Plan

Produce /Publish the formal Strategic Plan doc. & distribute

Draft Vision & Goals. S.W.O.T.

Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses





Vision. Draft Goals.

Develop Draft: 6-8 Action Areas & Objectives

FinalizeAction Areas

Develop a Draft Detailed Implementa- tionPlan for each Action Area

Agree on Process

September/ October






draft mission statement
Draft Mission Statement

Our mission is to increase the pace and scope of conservation and promote quality land stewardship in our area. We identify and protect contiguous areas of undeveloped land with conservation value that cross town and organizational boundaries.

other text from our case statement
Other Text from our Case Statement:

The Partnership encouragesandenables constructive collaborationwithout interfering with the autonomy of the participating organizations and agencies.

We are working together to permanently conserve a connected landscape.

draft vision elements
Draft Vision: Elements
  • Permanently protect valuable/resilient land
  • Increase to 30% the amount of conserved land in Fairfield County (16% for northern FC)
  • Repair natural habitats
  • Regionally integrate land use planning
  • Increase connectivity
  • Connect for water, wildlife, and recreation
draft vision elements1
Draft Vision: Elements
  • Have active science-based initiatives
  • Extend outreach & education into urban areas of Fairfield County
  • Aid member organizations in fund-raising
  • See towns and land trusts routinely collaborate
  • Promote/Encourage
    • all citizens celebrate & care for each bit of nature no matter how big or small
    • economic development & conservation are not either/or choices
    • an environmental, social & economic value message
strengths of the fcrcp
Strengths of the FCRCP
  • Member groups - Legacy of accomplishment
  • Vision & map for N. Fairfield County
  • FCRCP part of Wildlands & Woodlands Initiative  
  • Large blocks of forest, TNC resiliency focal areas, etc.
  • High household income, achievement-oriented & looking to engage
  • Regional orgz have useful data
  • Others?
weaknesses of the fcrcp
Weaknesses of the FCRCP
  • Aging membership/leadership
  • No regular activities outside of meetings
  • Lack of regular communication
  • No funding; future funding a challenge
  • Long term viability not assured
  • Lack of public awareness about conservation/environment
  • Others?
  • Land prices low
  • Public need for answers, e.g. climate change
  • Linking of Regional Planning Agencies, resiliency areas, urban-suburban-rural open spaces, watersheds
  • Proximity to NYC
  • Partnering with Westchester LT and Housatonic Valley Association
  • Others?
  • Possible loss of charitable deduction
  • Low-density development pushes at fringes of open space
  • Proximity to NYC
  • Others?
next steps
Next Steps
  • June 6: Steering Committee to craft draft vision statement, goals and objectives and send to Full Partnership for review prior to our July FCRCP Forum
  • July Forum: FCRCP members and stakeholders review and add to goal and objectives then prioritize by vote
  • Schedule Forum…..Should it be in July?