Victory Came Hard In Long Battle To Save The Preserve in Old Saybrook

Sep 8th, 2014 | By | Category: General

Fifteen years. That’s how long it took to save the last major stretch of unprotected coastal forest in southern New England from developers’ bulldozers.

The battle to protect the rocky, 1,000-acre woodland known as “The Preserve” began in 1999. It is expected to reach a formal conclusion by the end of this year.

The complex campaign to prevent its development involved grassroots organizing; political infighting; unusual cooperation among local, state and national environmentalists and government officials; millions of public and private dollars; the implosion of a Wall Street giant; and the impact of the Great Recession.

Some local activists who helped wage the long fight, people like Chris Cryder and Sue Ellen Kozey McCuin, now look back and shake their heads at how long it’s taken and how much commitment it took.

For more on this story, visit: Victory Came Hard In Long Battle To Save The Preserve – Courant.com.

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