February 12, 2018

CT awards $6M+ for open space

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Connecticut is awarding $6 million to towns and land trusts to preserve open space.

Connecticut is awarding $6.05 million in state grants to 23 communities and land trusts, including a handful in Greater Hartford, to buy 2,005 acres that will be set aside as open space, authorities say.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the open-space funding Monday from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's (DEEP) Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program. That program assists local governments, land trusts and water companies in purchasing open space.

"Connecticut's tradition of preserving open space has helped define our landscape and preserves important natural resources and geographical beauty," Malloy said in a statement.

The state has awarded more than $125 million to acquire more than 33,000 acres since DEEP's open-space program began in 1998, Malloy said.

The state's goal is protecting 673,210 acres by 2023 – approximately 21 percent of land within Connecticut's borders, authorities said. Currently, the state has more than 500,000 acres designated as state or local open space lands – close to 75 percent of its goal.

The following Greater Hartford communities or land trusts are among the latest open-space grant beneficiaries: East Haddam Land Trust Inc., $17,550 for 19.52 acres of the Sakolsky property; Ellington, $36,000 for 35 acres on Sandy Beach Road; Hebron, $102,000 for 48 acres behind Gilead Hill Elementary; Mansfield, $207,000 for the Simpson Family property, 652 Warrenville Road; and Windsor, $1,086,000, for Mill Brook property, 100 Pigeon Hill Road.

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