CT Audubon Adds Cramer & Anderson Partner John D. Tower to Board

Connecticut Audubon elected Cramer & Anderson Partner John D. Tower to its board

Cramer & Anderson Partner John D. Tower

The Connecticut Audubon Society elected Cramer & Anderson Partner D. John Tower to its Board of Directors at an annual meeting held Oct. 15.

Harshad Kuntey from Connecticut Audubon’s Glastonbury regional board was also elected to the board of the independent organization, which is not affiliated with any national or governmental group.

“It’s an exciting group,” said Attorney Tower, an avid paddleboarder and hiker who began attending Connecticut Audubon events as his interest in nature and environmental conservation extended to watching and appreciating birds over the last decade.

At one of those events, he found himself next to board Chair Kathleen Van Der Aue, a retired attorney, and her husband, George. He struck up a conversation and one thing that emerged was Connecticut Audubon’s need for greater representation from western Connecticut.

A nomination committee interviewed Attorney Tower and he was elected to a three-year term at the annual meeting. Next up is selecting a committee assignment.

“I’m excited to do what I can for them,” said Attorney Tower, who hikes at the Deer Pond Farm property in Sherman and values how Connecticut Audubon’s sanctuaries balance conservation with education and encouraging visitors to establish or strengthen ties to the outdoors. “It’s a good way to get out and touch base with other forms of life we should respect.”

A 2017 bequest from the late Kathy and Walter Wriston, Deer Pond Farm consists of 835 acres of rugged hardwood forest, meadows, and wetlands straddling the Sherman-Pawling, N.Y., border and features 20 miles of trails. (Visitor parking is located at 57 Wakeman Hill Road in Sherman.)

One Deer Pond Farm feature that Attorney Tower finds interesting is the Motus antenna installed with the assistance of a matching grant from FirstLight Power that tracks migrating birds outfitted with nanotags.

About Connecticut AudubonConnecticut Audubon elects Cramer & Anderson Partner John D. Tower to its board.

Founded in 1898, the Connecticut Audubon Society conserves the environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and habitats, and operates nature facilities in Fairfield, Milford, Glastonbury, Pomfret, Hampton, and Sherman, as well as a center in Old Lyme, and an EcoTravel office in Essex. Connecticut Audubon’s 20 wildlife sanctuaries encompass approximately 3,300 acres of open space.

About Attorney Tower

As a Litigation Partner whose practice includes Municipal Law, Attorney Tower has handled many cases focused on safeguarding the environment, including serving as lead trial counsel for the team that won a significant, bitterly contested lawsuit on behalf of the Town of New Milford involving remediation of the contaminated Century Brass property.

In 2017 Attorney Tower won a Distinguished Leader award from the Connecticut Law Tribune (CLT) as part of its annual statewide Professional Excellence Awards.

Attorney Tower is based in the firm’s New Milford office. See his profile page for additional information. He may be contacted by phone at (860) 355-2631, or by email at jtower@crameranderson.com.

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