Newtown Forest Association (NFA) is excited to announce a fundraising campaign for a community sustainability project that will train and educate student interns on the importance and benefits of land stewardship and conservation. NFA is seeking broad support from the community to raise $5,094 by the fundraising deadline of May 31, which will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Sustainable CT Community Match Fund, raising a total of $10,188 for the project.
In the past, NFA's interns have primarily performed maintenance, but this coming summer, they'd like to expand the program to include improvement projects such as clearing old New England stone fences of invasive plants and building and maintaining new and existing hiking and biking trails.
"Newtown has a rich history of rural and farming life, and it is quickly being overwhelmed by both residential and commercial expansion," said Mike Dylag, NFA board member. "The NFA is doing what it can to preserve our heritage and protect it for our future. Protecting land is good for Newtown, but we also feel that by bringing on more interns to help us in our mission we are also grooming future generations to continue the important mission of land conservation and stewardship."
Sustainable CT is an initiative of the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University meant to assist communities in becoming more resilient and sustainable. The Community Match Fund provides a dollar-for-dollar match to donations raised from the community, doubling local investment in projects.
To learn more about the project and donate, visit https://ioby.org/project/interns-saving-newtowns-forests.