Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

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January 8, 2020

Senator Anwar Celebrates Announcement of $132,000 Open Space Land Grant for Acquisition of Ellington Property

State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) today cheered the announcement by Governor Ned Lamont that $9.1 million in state grants will be released for the purchase and protection of 24 parcels of land statewide through the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program, including more than $132,000 in funding for the local acquisition of 118.4 acres of land in Ellington.

“Connecticut has long been a leader in environmental protection, and this announcement by Governor Lamont is incredibly exciting,” said Sen. Anwar. “In Ellington, the acquisition of nearly 120 acres of land will support local recreation and give our community the ability to truly enjoy the outdoors as new trails are developed. It’s also reassuring to know that this land will not be developed, helping to preserve local natural beauty. I would like to thank Governor Lamont for his support of our region and the Northern Connecticut Land Trust for its efforts in preserving this land.”

The project sponsor Northern Connecticut Land Trust will receive $132,500 to support the purchase of the 118.4-acre “Wraight Property,” a large tract of undeveloped land located next to the Shenipsit State Forest. Primarily forestland, the property contains a brook feeding the Shenipsit Lake Reservoir. The site can be accessed along frontage on Webster Road, and an abandoned portion of Porter Road will be converted into a two-mile trail providing links to further regional hiking trails.