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Stormwise is a forest vegetation management program with the goal of reducing the risk of tree-related storm damage to power lines. Implementing proper long-term management practices in woodlands along utility corridors will create healthy, storm resistant and aesthetically pleasing trees and forest stands. The development of Stormwise is compelled by recent catastrophic storm events in Connecticut.

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The Coverts Project began simultaneously in Vermont and Connecticut in 1983. Since that time it has spread to 11 other states across the northeastern U.S. Its goals are to teach forest owners how good forest stewardship works. Actively managed demonstration areas are used as outdoor classrooms during our annual, in-depth Coverts Project training seminar and follow-up workshops. Each year, a select group of 30 woodland owners and/or environmentally concerned individuals are accepted to participate in the three-day training seminar, held at the beautiful and remote Yale Forestry Camp in Norfolk, CT. There they learn about different types of Connecticut forests and about where, how, and why they grow as they do. They learn about different wildlife species, their needs, and how to provide for them. They learn about the many natural resource professionals and organizations available to help them. And they learn how to put this knowledge to work on their own woodland.

The seminar (meals, lodging, training, and reference materials), periodic follow-up workshops, and the quarterly Coverts Project Newsletter are free to participants. All costs are paid for by the Ruffed Grouse Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to forest wildlife conservation.

In exchange, participants agree to become Coverts Project Cooperators, to return to their communities and share what they've learned with others.


Forest Stewardship

The Forest Stewardship Program recognizes the importance of these private forest owners by providing them with information, education, and technical assistance in managing their forest land. In Connecticut today, insects and diseases brought here from other continents are killing forest trees by the thousands. Wildlife species are slowly declining as their habitats change, shrink, and disappear. And with increasing frequency, heirs are forced to sell off timber, or even their land itself, simply to pay estate taxes. As these pressures mount, the future of our forests lie with those that own 90% of them: the private forest landowners. Developing a forest stewardship plan ensures that you will get the maximum possible enjoyment from your forest, since you decide what the goals of your plan will be. Whether you want to pursue active management of your forest or simply wish to know more about the land you live on, stewardship planning can turn your goals into reality.

The Lower CT River & Coastal Region Forest Stewardship Initiative