James L. Goodwin State Forest

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Coordinates: 41°48′15″N 72°05′43″W / 41.80417°N 72.09528°W / 41.80417; -72.09528
James L. Goodwin State Forest
Connecticut State Forest
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County Windham
Towns Hampton, Chaplin
Elevation 646 ft (197 m) [1]
Coordinates 41°48′15″N 72°05′43″W / 41.80417°N 72.09528°W / 41.80417; -72.09528 [1]
Area 2,003 acres (811 ha) [2]
Established 1964 [3]
Management Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Location in Connecticut
Website: James L. Goodwin State Forest

James L. Goodwin State Forest is a Connecticut state forest located in the towns of Chaplin and Hampton. The lands became public property when James L. Goodwin donated his personal forest, that he had been developing since 1913, to the state in 1964.[3]

Recreation[edit]

The forest encompasses approximately 2,000 acres (810 ha) and includes 189-acre (76 ha) Pine Acres Lake[4] and two smaller ponds (Black Spruce Pond – 18 acres and Brown Hill Pond – 14 acres) that are used for fishing and canoeing.[5] The forest has 14 miles (23 km) of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.[6] Trails include sections of the blue-blazed Natchaug Trail and the Air Line State Park Trail.[3]

James L. Goodwin Conservation Center[edit]

The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center is an environmental education facility operated by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in partnership with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. Programs are offered for schools, the public, and educators. Forest management programs are also offered for landowners, foresters, loggers, and municipal-land-use commissioners. The site includes a wildlife garden, a small nature museum, the southern shore of Pine Acres Pond, and a youth group campsite.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "James L Goodwin State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee (January 23, 2014). "State Parks and Forests: Funding". Staff Findings and Recommendations. Connecticut General Assembly. p. A-2. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "James L. Goodwin State Forest". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Pine Acres Lake". Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Connecticut State Forests Seedling Letterbox Series - Clues for James L. Goodwin State Forest". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "James L. Goodwin Conservation Center". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 

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