About the Preserve

Residents of Connecticut treasure this 1,000-acre coastal forest as a place to connect with nature close to home. Known locally in Old Saybrook, Essex, and Westbrook as The Preserve, the woodland also plays an important role in maintaining water quality in Trout Brook and the Oyster and Mud rivers, which feed into the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound.Preserve-aerial-best-optimzied-640w But despite its name, the land still faces the threat of development. Since 1998, conservationists and community members have worked to protect the woods from a variety of proposed projects-including plans for 200 homes and an 18-hole golf course.

In March 2014 The Trust for Public Land announced that it has reached a new agreement with River Sound, LLC (subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.) setting the purchase price for The Preserve at $8.09 Million. The price is based on recent Appraisals. Work continues with the Town of Old Saybrook, the Essex Land Trust, the State of Connecticut and conservationists to raise the funds needed to buy this important coastal forest to conserve it forever as a natural asset for our region and our state.

If we are successful, the largest unprotected coastal forest between New York City and Boston will be permanently protected from future development. It will connect to 500 acres of existing town parkland providing expanded opportunities for hiking and viewing a variety of birds and other wildlife.

For more information, see this post,  Frequently Asked Questions,  or contact:

Kate Brown
Project Manager
The Trust for Public Land
101 Whitney Ave, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
203.777.7367, ext.5
Email Kate Brown

Chris Cryder
Special Projects Coordinator
Save the Sound,
a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment
142 Temple Street, Suite 305
New Haven, CT 06510
203.787.0646 ext. 127
Email Chris Cryder

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