Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday the state will spend more than $9 million to help 35 cities and towns purchase 2,732 acres of open
The purchases will be funded with a mix of borrowing and money set aside under the 2005 Community Investment Act. The state currently is about 74 percent of the way toward its goal of preserving 673,210 acres of land by 2023.
The state has spent more than $109 million to help water companies, land conservation groups and municipalities preserve open space, according to a release issued by Malloy’s office Friday.
Local purchases to be funded under this year’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant include:
• Cheshire: $200,000 for the Puchalski property, 109 acres on the ridgeline of the Prospect-Cheshire town line.
• Cornwall: $450,000 for Cooley Farm, an 84-acre property off Cherry Hill Road that contains haying fields, a wetland area, trails and a tributary of the Housatonic River.
• Kent and Warren: $500,000 for Camp Francis, a 253-acre property that is mostly forested, with numerous bedrock outcroppings, a large wetland and vernal pools.
• Naugatuck: $315,250 for the Andrew Mountain Road property, 146 acres which abut the Naugatuck State Forest.
• Southbury: $96,500 for 365 Georges Hill Road, a nearly 19acre forested property which will be added to a 38-acre parcel purchased by< the town in 2007 and used for parking and access to that original purchase, and $81,500 for Stillmeadow Farm, which is planned as a link to a greenbelt including vernal pools, grasslands, wooded wetlands, ledge formations and agricultural land. The 12acre farm is close to Larkin Bridle Trail and on the National Register of Historic Places.
•Watertown: $135,000 for the Shenda property at 195 Hinman Road, a 75-acre former dairy farm with meadows that are still hayed regularly. The property contains a large beaver pond and hardwood.