Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor
|Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||Connecticut / Massachusetts, USA|
|Area||595,000 acres (2,410 km2)|
|Established||November 2, 1994|
|Governing body||The Last Green Valley, Inc|
The Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor is located in northeastern Connecticut and portions of Massachusetts. It is an area known for its rural character with rolling hills, farmland and classic New England scenery. This area was designated because it is one of the last remaining stretches of green in the Boston to Washington, D.C. heavily urbanized corridor. It contains some of largest unbroken forests in Southern New England.
The Corridor consists mostly of the Eastern New England Upland, transitioning to the coastal forests to the south and east. The rolling hills in the southern part of the Corridor become more rugged in the northern part of the Corridor. The highest elevation is 1,315 ft (401 m) Burley Hill in Union, CT.
The Corridor is known for its high concentration of State Parks, State Forests and other reserves such as the Yale-Myers Forest and the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary. Of the 600,000 Acres in the Corridor, more than 100,000 are Public/Reserved lands. In fact, the area around Union, CT known as the Quinebaug Highlands contains over 40,000 acres (160 km2) of forest, larger than Acadia National Park, New England's most visited National Park.
Beginning in the 1980s, developmental pressures pushed citizens into creating organizations to protect lands, especially farmland from development. A report in 1988 by the National Park Service outlined solutions and it led to the creation of the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor in 1994. It was expanded in 1999 to include several communities in Massachusetts.
- Boston Hollow
- Bigelow Hollow State Park
- One of the largest unbroken forests in Southern New England
- Pachaug-Great Meadow Swamp.
- Airline State Park Trail
- Beaver Brook State Park, Windham, CT
- Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union, CT
- Brimfield State Forest, Brimfield, MA
- Buffumville Lake, Oxford, MA
- East Brimfield Lake, Sturbridge, MA
- James L. Goodwin State Forest, Hampton, CT
- Hodges Village Dam, Oxford, MA
- Hopeville Pond State Park, Griswold, CT
- Killingly Pond State Park, Killingly, CT
- Mansfield Hollow Lake, Mansfield, CT
- Mansfield Hollow State Park, Mansfield, CT
- Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Abington, CT
- Mohegan State Forest, Scotland, CT
- Mooween State Park, Lebanon, CT
- Mountain Laurel Sanctuary, Union, CT
- Natchaug State Forest, Eastford, CT
- Nathan Hale State Forest, Coventry, CT
- Nipmuck State Forest, Union, CT
- Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, Wales/Holland, MA
- Old Furnace State Park, Killingly, CT
- Pachaug State Forest, Sterling, Voluntown, Griswold and Plainfield, CT
- Pomeroy State Park, Lebanon, CT
- Quaddick State Park, Thompson, CT
- Quinebaug Lake State Park, Killingly, CT
- Ross Pond State Park, Killingly, CT
- Streeter Point Recreation Area, Sturbridge, MA
- Yale-Myers Forest, Union, CT
- Wells State Park, Sturbridge, MA
- West Thompson Lake, Thompson, CT
- Westville Lake, Sturbridge, MA
- "Wales Quadrangle". USGS. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- Total of all forest and reserved land in the area
- "Park Statistics (acreage owned by the NPS)". NPS. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- "Legislation Information". Thomas. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- "Bigelow Hollow State Park". The Last Green Valley, Inc. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- "NPS National Natural Landmark Index for Connecticut". National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-06-05.