a. Ken McDonnell, President; Dana Whitney, VP; Betty Shea, Treasurer, Susan Savitt, Secretary; Frank Byrne, Michael Castiglioni, Sally Heffernan, Robert Herlihy, Michael Houde, Larry Ouellette, Judy Postemsky, George Schaedler, Dana Skidmore, Dana Whitney; newsletter Diana Bryne
b. Pierson School Field/Beach Day
c. In memoriam – Lynnabeth Mays
d. Ecology Camp at PMW hosted by Dana Skidmore with Board Member Emeritus Bert Godwin who shared his insect collection; learn about vernal pools, insects, salamanders, history of hemlock destruction
e. Three hiking enrichment summer programs through Clinton Youth and Family Service Bureau
f. Diana Bryne resigns as newsletter editor Sept 2008
g. Local businesses donated time and materials: Gator Creek Farms, Stevens Excavating, Technique Printers
h. Crosby Scholarship – James Comisky – University of Delaware – environmental engineering
i. Trust named beneficiary of Estate of Eunice Carter Symonds – approx.. $250,000
j. Receive 2 parcels, Cow Hill Road that abuts Kenilworth Subdivision and one on Long Hill Road for a total of 12 acres
k. Assumed trustee position from the Nature Conservancy for 1.71 acre parcel of salt marsh on Hammock Road which abuts other trust properties
l. Total acreage 803.88 acres
m. New project researched and surveyed – Stonewall Lane property for more hiking trails
n. Create Lynnabeth Mays Meadow in Jesse Buell Forest
o. Work on eradication of invasive species and planting of wildflowers.
p. Finishing work on trail system in Kenilworth Forest
q. Administrative, Finance, Land Managements, Land Acquisition and Public Outreach subcommittees
i. Ongoing, permanent maintenance of an operating budget and trust fund to allow for the purchase of undeveloped open space as well as the active stewardship of all CLCT properties pursuant to nationally recognized environmental standards
ii. Creation and maintenance of hiking trails on land trust properties particularly those at Peters Woods, Jesse Buell Forest Preserve and the Kenilworth forest
iii. Systematic, ongoing efforts to update, survey, delineate and maintain CLCT property boundaries
iv. Planting of indigenous trees and vegetation to enhance wildlife habitat on trust property
v. Construction, installation, maintenance and periodic monitoring of osprey nests in open space, salt marsh areas of Clinton
vi. Publication and distribution of maps to facilitate public use of hiking trails on CLCT property and to assist birdwatchers and naturalists in locating osprey platforms for observation purposes.
vii. Providing input to Clinton Planning and Zoning commission as to optimum, required open space configurations for new subdivision applications
viii. Participation in regional, state, and national environmental publications, programs, organizations, and seminars to maintain a heightened awareness of current environmental issues that concerns the Trust and impacts upon the Town’s undeveloped open spaces.
ix. Annual award of the Alice and David Crosby Environmental Scholarship to graduating students who are Clinton residents
x. Administration of an ongoing program to assist land owners who wish to donate Clinton property to the trust for preservation and public use. This program also provides for: tax documentation and assistance in writing and submitting of applications for state grants on open space funding.
xi. Encouragement and active support of scouting projects on land trust properties such as trailblazing, bridge building, trail maintenance, tree planting and other wildlife projects
xii. Active support of school, youth and other volunteer programs, presentations and activities which promote and encourage public awareness of local, state and national environmental/open space issues