“Connecticut forests in the latter part of the last century and now are in about as good shape as they have been in two centuries,” said David R. Foster, director of Harvard University’s Harvard Forest in Petersham, Ma., and chairman of the board of Highstead, a forest conservation and education organization based in Redding.
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DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty spoke at the local release of the U.S. Forest Service report, which was intended to be a resource for land conversation efforts. Click on the environmental headline to read more of this story.
Forest conservation is both a national and regional concern. In Connecticut, woodlands provide clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Through the blue-blaze program of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, over 900 miles of trails on private property are maintained and open to the public for recreational pleasure.