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Eastern Connecticut Conservation District (ECCD)

Norwich office:

Eastern Connecticut Conservation District
238 West Town Street
Norwich, CT 06360
860-887-4163 x 400

Brooklyn office:

Eastern Connecticut Conservation District
139 Wolf Den Road Brooklyn, CT 06234
860-774-9600 x 13


Welcome to Eastern Connecticut Conservation District

The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District (ECCD) is a local not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping the towns and citizens of Eastern Connecticut with their conservation needs. The creation of the ECCD is a result of the reorganization of Connecticut’s eight county based soil and water Conservation Districts into five regional watershed areas: Northwest, Southwest, North Central, Connecticut River Coastal, and Eastern.
The service area of the ECCD encompasses thirty-six municipalities covering Windham and New London counties and part of Tolland County. Our service area includes the towns of:
Andover, Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, East Lyme, Eastford, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Scotland, Sprague, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Windham and Woodstock.
2014 Invasise Plant Symposium October 7, 2014
The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) will present a symposium on Tuesday,
October 7, 2014 at the Student Union, University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The symposium will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The theme of the symposium is: Invasive Plants 2014: Where Are We Now? People with all levels of interest and experience are invited to attend.
This 7th biennial conference features national, regional, and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for managing invasive plants, promoting non-invasive plants and improving wildlife habitat. The symposium is open to the public and will include introductory information about invasive plants.
Nationally-recognized Keynote speaker, Dr. Sarah Reichard, Professor and Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens will present “Five-year Target: A down-to-earth vision bridging policy, research and management”. David Gumbart from the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will deliver closing remarks.
Concurrent afternoon sessions will include:
• Tips for successful invasive plant management projects
• Alternative plants for improving gardens and other areas as wildlife habitat
• Priorities and partnering for invasive plant management
• Aquatic invasive plant updates
• Early Detection – curbing the spread
• Species-specific invasive plant identification, management and alternative plants
Research posters, an invasive plant identification area and other educational exhibits will be featured throughout the day.
The program agenda and online registration are available at Early registration is $45 (postmarked on or before September 8); regular registration is $55 (postmarked AFTER September 8 or for walk-in registrations). Student fee (with valid student ID) is $25. The day's registration includes parking and lunch. In addition, Pesticide Recertification and other Continuing Education Credits will be made available. Attendees are advised to register early, as the last symposium had record attendance and sold out with 475 attendees.
On-line registration is preferred, but if you would like to pay by check, please visit the CIPWG website at to download the registration form and mail it in with your payment. For additional information, contact Donna Ellis at (860) 486-6448; 
CT Trails Day June 7

In honor of Connecticut Trails Day, ECCD will be on site at the Hallville Fishway from 11 AM - 2 PM for tours and outreach.  The Hallville Dam Fishway is located adjacent to Route 2a in Preston, approximately a quarter mile south from the intersection with Route 2.  For more information, call Matt at 860-887-4163 ext 403.  This event is scheduled to follow a paddle on Poquetanuck Cove led by Avalonia Land Conservancy.  For more information about the morning paddle, please visit the Connecticut Forest and Parks Association website.

TRBP Meeting

For more information, visit


2014 ECCD Plant Sale

ECCD  is once again offering a large variety of plants and shrubs for sale this spring. Plants must be pre-ordered using a downloadable order form and then picked up at either the Gales Ferry Ocean State Job Lot building, south end  on April 18 or 19 or at the Brooklyn Fairgrounds on April 25 or 26. Soil test kits may also be ordered. New this year is a special grouping of five bareroot trees and shrubs suitable for planting along rivers and lake shores.  A limited supply of extra plants will be available at each location for those that missed the March 29 ordering deadline.  Many native plant types are available. plus ever green seedlings and blueberry bushes. Those suitable for planting in a rain garden are identified.  Plant descriptions and an order form can be downloaded for your convenience. With regret, barley straw is not available this year. 
Detailed plant descriptions are available in the winter edition of the ECCD Outlook.

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