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Sunday, March 18, 2018

People Power Can Make a Difference!

Prospect Land Trust Members yr 1999. Seen here for Annual Meeting held at the Hotchkiss House. Front row: Jane Fowler, Claudette Decilla, Joan Altman, Marion Jennings. Back row: John Dykeman, Arlene Baker, Barney Kathan, Terry Meisel, and Joel Meisel.


24th Annual Dinner

Celebrating 24 Years!
Prospect Land Trust's
     Annual Dinner Gathering   

Sunday, April 22, 2018

  Mirabelle's Restaurant
50 Waterbury Rd., Prospect, CT.

Guest Speaker – Rep. Lezlye Zupkus

Silent Auction with all proceeds going to the Prospect Land Trust

Meet and Greet – 5:00 p.m.
Fresh Fruit, Cheese and Crackers
Cash Bar

Buffet Dinner – 6:00 p.m.
Tossed Salad
Pasta with Marinara Sauce
Roast Beef Au Jus
Chicken Piccata
Baked Scrod
Desserts, Coffee and Tea
$30 Dinner (Includes Tax Gratuity)

PLEASE R.S.V.P. by April 10, 2018

---------------PLEASE DETACH HERE-------------

P.L.T. 24th Anniversary Dinner

Your Name ________________________________
Phone Number______________________________ 

Please make check for $30.00 per person payable to the Prospect Land Trust and mail to:  Prospect Land Trust, P.O. Box 7375, Prospect, Ct. 06712

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Academic Scholarship to graduating high school seniors that live in Prospect!

Attn: Scholarship Committee 2018
P.O. Box 7375
Prospect CT 06712
The Mission of the Prospect Land Trust is to acquire, maintain, and manage property in the Town of Prospect so that wetlands and watercourses, farmlands, woodlands, and other significant lands can be preserved in their present state, thereby protecting them for their scenic, natural, and historical value and for educational and recreational benefits for present and for all future generations.
We are pleased to be able to offer an academic Scholarship(s) for the first time in 2018 to graduating high school seniors from Prospect!
Eligibility Requirements:
1)   Must be a graduating high school senior residing in Prospect, CT. Provide High School Transcript showing a weighted grade point average of 85%
2)   Attending a 2 or 4-year college and accepted into an environmentally-oriented major (such as but not limited to: agriculture, botany, environmental science, etc.). Must provide copy of letter of acceptance
3)   One letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or community leader whom you are not related to.
4)   Essay answer to one of 3 topics of your choosing. Essays should be 500-750 words, printed on plain white paper, single sided and double spaced, and should address one of these three topics:
A] an environmental issue in Prospect: Describe an environmental issue that affects a natural resource in Prospect. Propose a solution that would address this issue and/or describe activities in which you have been involved that have worked towards solving this particular problem.
B] Sustainable living in Prospect and beyond: Discuss ways that you and others of your generation could live more sustainably on Earth. If applicable, include a description of changes you have made in your own life that have enabled you or your family to live more sustainably.
C] Protection of Prospect’s natural heritage and special places: Describe a place in Prospect you think is especially important to protect, and explain why. Discuss what you have done or propose ways that you could help to protect Prospect's natural heritage.
Application for this Scholarship (including all of the 4 bold face type items listed under “eligibility requirements” ) must be sent in one envelope, postmarked by Monday April 30, 2018.
Apply to:
Prospect Land Trust
Scholarship Committee 2018
P.O. Box 7375
Prospect, CT 06712
The recipient will be selected by May 20, 2018 and will be notified by mail.
Talent Release - Successful candidate further agrees by virtue of applying to this scholarship that the Prospect Land Trust Inc, may promote, share or utilize the candidates’ name, essay, or image in future news articles; emails, the PLT newsletter, or blogs, etc. for means of promoting our efforts to educate and inform our community.
The recipient can choose to be recognized at his or her school’s awards ceremony.
Questions can be emailed to: John Dyckman  -

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Faces of the Prospect Land Trust Installment #2

Its time for us to learn a little something about John Triana the current Vice-President of the Prospect Land Trust. 
John who is originally from West Haven and has lived in Prospect since 1998. He, his wife and two daughters have been involved in the local community through the scouts and sports. As a family they have a deep appreciation for nature, spend time hiking and even make their own maple syrup from their backyard trees.

John became interested in outdoors, and birds specifically, through a junior high school teacher. He attended a whale watching trip to Portsmouth, NH and realized that not all sea gulls were the same – herring, ring-billed, great-backed, etc. That was his epiphany moment. John pursued his passion and went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from UMass and Master’s from Mizzou (Univ. of Missouri) – both in wildlife biology.  

John is a long time member of the Prospect Land Trust and has brought his vast knowledge to many a Board meeting. Throughout his years he continues to assist Scout Troops with projects, hosts events such as the BioBlitz at College Farms hiking trail, bug night with Carol Lemmon, a retired entomologist with the CT Agricultural Experimental Station & former President of the CT Botanical Society, and has lead numerous hikes. Let’s not leave out John’s love of birding. Without a doubt his most popular event has to be the Owl Prowl which continues to draw large crowds from the surrounding community year after year. John is also very active in one of the oldest birding groups in the US the New Haven Bird Club which was established on April 3, 1907. He is a former President and presided during NHBC’s centennial year in 2007. He is now the Club’s Historian and has given talks on the Club’s history.  

John works for the Regional Water Authority as Real Estate Manager. He started working at RWA in 1994 as a Water Science Educator coming out of gard school he moved to the Natural Resources Dept. in 1997 as Natural Resource Analyst. In his current position since 2013, the Real Estate Dept. covers management of all RWA property (27.000+acres, 19,000+of which is forested) for the protection of the public water supply. Management includes forestry, agriculture, and hunting. RWA owns over 800 acres of land in Prospect, mostly on the far eastern edge of town, up to the Cheshire border.   

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Just another reason to look out for our feathered friends!

                    Watching Birds is Good for your Mental Health
“People living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs, and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress.” 
 Study conducted by the University of Exeter

Don’t forget to fill the bird feeders & suet baskets.
Our feather friends depend on us especially during the Winter months when snow and ice can cover seeds and berries that birds normally forage for. When you also supply suet you are giving them a high energy food that is a good substitute for insects that birds eat.


Spread Your Wings & Fly!
Don’t hesitate to fly on over to one of our Donate Buttons and make your Tax Deductible Donation today. You will be showing that you care for open space and taking care of your health at the same time.

Nature = Health!

If you chose to send in your tax deductible donation send your check payable to the Prospect Land Trust, Inc. and mail it to; Prospect Land Trust, P.O. Box 7375, Prospect, CT 06712. Include Name, Address, Phone and e-mail.

You can also send a donation to PLT’s scholarship fund that will be awarding scholarships to graduating high school students living in Prospect who plan to pursue a course of study within the environmental sciences.

If you are making a tax deductible gift donation don’t forget to include your recipients name and address so they will receive a note on your behalf.

Interested in Birding?
New Haven Bird Club, ‘birding since 1907’