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Kent Land Trust receives $1.7 million to further preserve a significant property

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Back in 1986, the owners of a 241-acre upland property that extends across portions of Kent, Cornwall and Warren Connecticut granted a conservation easement to the Housatonic Valley Association.  When Kent Land Trust formed in 1989, HVA gladly supported its local partner by assigning its easement interest in the proeprty to the new land trust.

Although conservation easements are an essential and often highly effective method of permanent land protection, the preservation of this significant property was less than total, as the landowner's reserved rights would have allowed the construction of up to 16 residences. Now, thanks to the generosity of a neighboring landowner, Kent Land Trust has purchased the property outright, and through its ownership the property will be spared further development.

We applaud this stronger protection and congratulate our partner Kent Land Trust on its willingness to enhance the conservation of this special place.

Read more about this conservation transaction, and the donor who made it possible, at this link to an article which ran in the Torrington Register Citizen newspaper.

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