PARTNERS, PRACTICES & POSSIBILITIES FORUM: Planning for a Resilient Rural Connecticut

APA Connecticut Chapter


Thursday, June 15, 2017
2:11 p.m. - 2:11 p.m. EDT

Killingworth, CT, United States

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An education forum on the practices and potential uses of new economic ideas for rural growth, land use planning, and agriculture economics; this forum provides planners with information on new handheld and mapped soil testing technology provided by NRCS for use in both rural and urban areas prior to use for agriculture or recreation. Also speakers will provide education on new innovation ideas for sustainable and cooperative economic growth in rural areas of Connecticut through regional cooperation.  Another speaker will highlight creative management of preserved open space to create a regional recreation corridor and provide planners with analysis of the process to duplicate this effort in their communities or region. Additional information will cover riparian corridors and water quality, watershed management for planners and the dynamic planning and conservation relationship between urban and rural communities.

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Deborah Surabian

Deborah Surabian is the State Soil Scientist for Connecticut and Rhode Island with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS). She has over 19 years of experience with USDA NRCS as MLRA 12-6 Soil Survey Office Leader serving Rhode Island, and parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts ... Read More

Dan Mullins

Executive Director of Eastern CT Conservation District; in 2002, founded Willimantic Whitewater Partnership to restore the Willimantic River; credentials include a BS in English, an MS in Education and a JD in Law from UConn School of Law where he focused on environmental law doing internships at CT Fund for ... Read More

Juliana Barrett

Juliana Barrett an Associate Extension Educator with Connecticut Sea Grant program at the Avery Point campus and the CT NEMO Program. As an ecologist, her focus is the coastal habitats of Connecticut. She works with the towns and groups working on the conservation, restoration and enhancement of coastal areas. Juliana ... Read More

Amanda Freund

Amanda Freund is the 3rd generation on her family farm in East Canaan, CT. The family manages 3 unique farm businesses; a dairy farm, a farm market & bakery and their value added product, CowPots. Among other things, Amanda is in charge of feeding the cows each morning, the farm’s ... Read More

Patricia Young

Patricia Young, Program Director, Eightmile River and Salmon River Watersheds – Patricia Young: Pat is presently the Program Director for the Eightmile River and Salmon River Watersheds. She has held previous positions with both Eastern and North Central Conservation Districts and also worked in municipal land-use with the towns of Waterford ... Read More

Cynthia Fowx

Cynthia Fowx is the Conservation Outreach and Devil’s Den Preserve Manager for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing operations, maintaining healthy natural systems and ensuring safe public access at the Connecticut Chapter’s 1,756 acre Devil’s Den Preserve and other ... Read More

Drew Goldsman

Drew Goldsman is The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut’s Urban Resilience Planner. He is responsible for managing the chapter’s growing Cities program, as part of an organization-wide effort to increase the sustainability, resilience and health of cities and their residents through innovative nature-based solutions. Drew brings a strong background ... Read More

JOhn Guszkowski

John Guszkowski is currently Lead Planner with CME Associates, Inc. based in Storrs, CT. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Fairfield University and a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Management & Engineering from UConn. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and holds accreditations ... Read More

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