Local women honored by Connecticut Conservation Partnership

Sidney Van Zandt of Groton was among 12 women honored at the State Capitol Thursday as Connecticut’s Conservation Partnership recognized them for their work in agriculture and natural resources conservation.

The theme for this year’s even was “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment: Stories of the Extraordinary Determination of Women.” Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency, along with the Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts, nominations for the awards were solicited from partners and the general public.

Van Zandt was recognized as a leader in environmental conservation since 1967 when she spearheaded the effort to save 1,000 coastal acres of Haley Farm State Park and Bluff Point State Park & Coastal Reserve, the NRCS said in a news release. She currently serves as vice president of the Groton Open Space Association. She is the former president of the Avalonia Land Conservancy and board member of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association.

Ann Nalwalk of North Stonington, who served as president of Avalonia for 22 years and served on its board, also was honored at the ceremony.

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