Open space: Preserve as much land now as possible for future generations

Dec 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Land

The goal to preserve more than one-fifth of Connecticut’s land as open space — meaning protected from development — is estimable. But not easy to accomplish.

The city of Danbury took a big step this fall, though, when it purchased the 194-acre Farrington property along the New York border for $1.6 million in state and city funds. (See story below)

The value of preserving land is clear.

via Open space: Preserve as much land now as possible for future generations – Connecticut Post.

When you enter or leave Danbury off Interstate 84, there’s a beautiful sharp-angled ridge with a wetland and pond at its foot on the north side of the highway.

It is a beautiful entrance into the city — a last stretch of open, wooded space before the strip mall to come.

via Toward a state of open space – NewsTimes.

Also see:

DANBURY — Two of the oldest land trusts in the area have unique approaches to conserving property for open space.

Both the Redding Land Trust and the Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust were founded in 1965, well before the concept of preserving open space for future generations had become a popular notion.

via Two approaches to land conservation – NewsTimes.

A letter writer agrees:

I can’t overstate the need to pass the bill that fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Hooray for The Courant’s editorial supporting the bill [Opinion, Dec.4, “A Wise Investment”].

via Fully fund Land and Water Conservation Fund – Courant.com.

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