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The Habitat
Spring 2024

  • The 50th Anniversary of CACIWC & The Habitat!
  • The 46th Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference
  • CACIWC News
  • Protecting the Public Trust: Focus on Wildlands & Water
  • Solid Waste Crisis: Food Redistribution & Recycling
  • DEEP Seeking Feedback on State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)

The Habitat
Fall 2023

  • The 46th Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference: speakers, workshops & schedule
  • CACIWC News
  • Annual Conference Registration guidance
  • CIPWG Native Plants & Pollinators Conference
  • DEEP State Wildlife Action Plan Survey
  • Member Contact Information & Survey Responses Requested


The Habitat
Summer 2023

  • Learn How Conservation Commissions Can Increase Climate Change Resiliency
  • Exacerbating Challenges of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
  • CACIWC News 
  • Journey to the Legal Horizon
  • CT State of the Birds
  • Ann Letendre Honored
  • Save the Date - 2023 Annual Meeting
  • Member Contact Information & Surveys


The Habitat
Spring 2023

  • The 45th Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference
  • CACIWC News
  • Journey to the Legal Horizon
  • Collaboration to Protect Eastern Hemlocks
  • Food Forests: Feeding a Community
  • Flooding Awareness Workshops
  • Member Survey Information




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Summer 2022

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Spring 2022

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WInter 2022

The Habitat
Fall 2021

The Habitat
Winter/Spring 2020

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Summer/Fall 2019

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Winter/Spring 2019

The Habitat
Fall 2018

The Habitat
Spring/Summer 2018

The Habitat
Winter/Spring 2018

The Habitat
Fall 2017

The Habitat
Spring 2017


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"Dedicated to constant vigilance, judicious management and conservation of our precious natural resources."

Mission Statement: "To promote the statutory responsibilities of Connecticut Conservation Commissions and Inland Wetland Commissions and to foster environmental quality through education and through the conservation and protection of wetlands and other natural resources." caciwc

Join us for our 2024 Annual Meeting and Environmental Conference on Saturday, November 16, 2024 to celebrate CACIWC's 50th Anniversary at the Bristol Event Center!

Our Keynote Speaker Panel will include: CT Superior Court Judge Marshall K. Berger, Jr.
(retired) , CT State Representative & Deputy Speaker Mary M. Mushinsky, and Jason C. White, PhD, Director, Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station

Marshall K. Berger, Jr.
CT Superior Court Judge

Mary M. Mushinsky
CT State Representative & Deputy Speaker

Jason C. White, PhD.
Director, Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station

Check back for details.

Membership Dues
July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025 are Due!

Membership Application & Renewal Forms

Click here to download the printable form.

Click here for our convenient online form 

You can pay online with credit card, debit card, or PayPal account, or mail your payment via check (checks made out to CACIWC) to:

deKoven House Community Center
27 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457 


CACIWC members please note:

CACIWC has been invited to partner with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to help develop and implement the next revision (2025) of the Connecticut's State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). Would you or your commission would like to be involved with this revision? Please contact us at:

Information on both the 2025 revision and the existing 2015 plan is located on the DEEP website:  Click here



Light Pollution impacts both Wildlife and Climate Change!

See information provided by the Coalition to Reduce Light Pollution in Connecticut: Click here

Learn how you can help reduce light pollution your town: Click here

Watch this site for more information! 



Please report sightings of Spotted Lanternfly  Lycorma delictula

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) renewed its Notice of Order of Quarantine on January 1, 2023, to help prevent and slow spread of the Spotted Lanternfly first identified in Fairfield and New Haven Counties. This imported insect pest can feed on more than 70 species of plants and has the potential to threaten half of Connecticut trees. For more information on identifying and reporting sightings of this insect species, please see:

Spotted Lanternfly - CAES

Spotted Lanternfly - CT DEEP

Report Sightings of Invasive Mile-A-Minute

Mile-a-minute vineMile a MinuteVine Mile-a-minute vine is a highly invasive annual plant from eastern Asia that can quickly cover, outcompete and replace native vegetation, damaging habitat for native plants and animals. Early detection and rapid response are essential for control. Mile-a-minute was first found in Connecticut in Fairfield County in 1997. Since then, it has spread to 20 Connecticut towns, as far east as Stonington and as far north as Simsbury. Mile-a-minute spreads by seed and quickly grows into dense stands. Seeds are spread by wind and water.

For more information please read: Cheah, Carole and Ellis, Donna 2022. Biological Control of Mile-a-Minute Weed in Connecticut. Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 1083. June 2022, available at: Click here

For additional information, including questions on reporting, please contact:
Carole Cheah, Ph.D.
Research Entomologist Valley Laboratory
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
153 Cook Hill Road
Windsor, CT 06095





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Other Conferences and Workshops


 Learn about the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in CT

 in a presentation celebrating the 91st anniversary of the CT CCC's founding by author Marty Podskoch at 11 AM on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at the Willington Public Library (7 Ruby Road, Willington, CT 06479) For more information, see: 

Programs & Events
Willington Library


CLEAR Webinar:
CT's New Geodata Portal 

On September 13 Connecticut's first Geographic Information Officer, Alfredo Herrera, spoke about the mission, goals, and activities of the new CT GIS Office and the new CT Geodata Portal. The CT Geodata Portal is a catalog of geospatial data and apps developed by Connecticut state agencies and partner organizations. Alfredo spoke about different ways to use the Geodata Portal and what is planned in the future. 

The webinar was recorded and available in the CLEAR Webinar Library.



Environmental Job Postings

Town of Ashford is offering a part-time employment opportunity for an agent to provide assistance to the Ashford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission.
This position provides support to the commission by meeting with potential applicants, conducting field reviews of applications and potential enforcement actions, issuing agent approvals and notices of violation, maintaining records, providing advice to the Commission and the public with regard to Inland Wetland and Watercourse rules and regulations, attending meetings and field walks, and other help as needed.

For additional information contact the Ashford First Selectman's office at 860-487-4400 or


The Town of Thompson is hiring an Inland Wetlands Officer & Conservation Agent
The ideal candidate will provide staff assistance and perform field inspections for the Inland Wetland and Conservation Commissions. Acts as the Inland Wetland Officer for the Town of Thompson, reviews development, permits, and wetland permit applications, and serves as the enforcement officer for the IW Commission and Conservation Commission. Assists the ZEO, Building Office and the Director of Planning & Development on an as needed basis.

Please see additional information on this position and the application procedure at:

Thompson Inland Wetlands Officer & Conservation Agent position & application info

 A more detailed job description can be found at:

Thompson Inland Wetlands Officer & Conservation Agent detailed description


Conservation Commission Role in Climate Change Resilience:

 CACIWC encourages all Conservation Commissions to review this Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) fact sheet on how to advocate for increasing climate change resiliency within their municipality:
Conservation Commission Fact Sheet



For additional information on Inland Wetlands and Watercourses in Connecticut, including training and regulations, please see this State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) website: Inland Wetlands and Watercourses home page (


Please also see the DEEP Inland Wetlands Agency Directory at: AgentTownStaffDirectorypdf.pdf


For additional information on Connecticut Wildlife including CT species, the National Diversity Data Base, and Reporting a Wildlife Sighting, please see this CT DEEP website: Wildlife in Connecticut



Planning for Agriculture:
A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities

American Farmland Trust and Connecticut Conference of Municipalities are pleased to announce the release of the updated Planning for Agriculture: A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities. The 63-page guide is a tool to assist town boards, local elected officials and citizen advocates in finding ways to support local farms and farm businesses and to retain and protect farmland. An electronic version of the guide is available online at:

Click here for Planning for Agriculture: A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities - FIC (



Your Environmental Toolkit for Properly Assessing Development Proposals

CACIWC is pleased to provide Conservation Commissions with a new environmental toolkit pamphlet to help commissioners properly assess development proposals that may come before their town. Click here to download pamphlet.


Historical find in Haddam

Yellow groove running bamboo has naturalized by rhizomes washing downstream. Naturalized colony documented on 7-28-2013 in Pine Brook Preserve - Haddam, CT.



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