Agreement protects forest, trails near UConn

More than 530 acres of forest and three miles of hiking trails in Willington and Mansfield are preserved through an agreement between the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, the Norcross Wildlife Foundation and the University of Connecticut.

A combination of private and state grants and loans covered the cost of about $350,000. The property includes 96 acres on the eastern bank of the Fenton River in Willington, which the association conveyed to UConn. It abuts a 300-acre parcel designated as a UConn research forest. UConn conveyed a 50-year conservation restriction on the property to the association, as well as permanent easements over the blue-blazed Nipmuck trail.

UConn also conveyed the 135-acre Albert E. Moss Sanctuary in Storrs, which includes Tift Pond and a hiking trail system, to the association, which then conveyed it to the town of Mansfield.

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