The department held a ceremony Friday announcing its purchase of the a 450-acre parcel for $3 million. The acquisition preserves and protects a large portion of the river, the only natural brown and brook trout waterway in the Connecticut River basin, department officials said.
“Those two fellows had a vision and they did it themselves,” said Bissell’s grandson, Tom Mason, on Friday after the ceremony. “I think they would have been happy with the family’s decision.”
Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette said the environmental department negotiated with 18 members of the Mason family to complete the purchase. The purchase preserves an “ecologically intact and environmentally sensitive watershed,” the department said.
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