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Accepting CT Olmsted Award 

2019 Walk Across Connecticut

Since 1992, CTASLA has recognized 25 recipients with the Connecticut Olmsted Award which is given annually to a person or organization in Connecticut that has employed the principle of stewardship of the land as the guiding force in their actions. The award honors the life and lasting legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted, a native son of Hartford who pioneered the modern landscape architecture profession as an advocate for public spaces and a steward of natural resources.

CTASLA is pleased to present its 2019 Connecticut Olmsted Award to United States Senator Chris Murphy for his tireless efforts in advancing legislation to protect Connecticut's natural resources and improve public access to recreational landscapes.


In March, the President signed into law the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund as part of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. Thanks to the efforts of Senator Murphy, this legislation also contained language to designate the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook as a national “Wild and Scenic River”. “This is a big win for Connecticut and a testament to good old fashioned Yankee persistence,” noted the Senator in his remarks to the press. Murphy first introduced the legislation in 2007 as a Representative in Connecticut's 5th district and never gave up on seeing it through to completion.


For the ten towns along the newly-designated Wild and Scenic River areas, there is now access to federal funding for invasive species removal, sedimentation and erosion control measures, construction of trail systems, implementation of recreational landscapes, and other benefits that could amount to more than $100,000 per year. In Connecticut, over 500 conservation and community recreation projects have been implemented thanks to LWCF funding, and there will now be countless more thanks to the efforts of Senator Murphy.


But we would be remiss if we didn't laud the Senator for perhaps his most Olmstedian quality – his annual Walk Across Connecticut. Since 2016, Murphy has trekked hundreds of miles across the state on foot, in the heat of summer, meeting with constituents both in town halls as well as impromptu locations on the road. ““You see Connecticut in a different way when you are walking it,” Murphy said in a Hartford Courant article. “I think there’s a risk in this job that you only see the feedback that comes back to you instead of going out and being proactive.”


Award Recipients

2019     U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

2018     Bushnell Park Foundation

2017     No award

2016     UConn CLEAR Program

2015     Chris Donnelly, Urban Forestry Coordinator, State of Connecticut

2014     Terry Backer, State Representative and Soundkeeper

2013     William DeMaio, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of New Britian

2012     No award

2011     Mary Donohue, CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development

2010     Steve Broderick, Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center

2009     James Gustave Speth, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and                               Environmental Studies 

2008     Peter L. Malkin, Merritt Parkway Conservancy 

2007     State Senator Andrew Roraback

2006     David Leff, Connecticut DEP/Author

2005     State Senator Bill Finch

2004     Green Valley Institute

2003     Town of Simsbury, CT

2002     Lieutenant Governor M. Jodi Rell and Senate President Pro Tempore                       Kevin B. Sullivan

2001     No award

2000     Jim Gibbons, Land Use Educator, University of Connecticut

1999     Jack Shannahan and the Connecticut Historical Commission

1998     Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust

1997     U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman

1996     Land Preservation and Enhancement Program, Iroquois Gas Pipeline                     Company

1995     William Niering, Ph.D., Connecticut College

1994     Joseph Hickey, Connecticut DEP, State Parks

1993     Philip Barske, Ph.D., Applied Ecologist

1992     Richard Goodwin, Ph.D., Connecticut College