Trout Brook Valley State Park Reserve

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Coordinates: 41°14′43.7352″N 73°20′32.6724″W / 41.245482000°N 73.342409000°W / 41.245482000; -73.342409000
Trout Brook Valley State Park Reserve
Connecticut state park
TroutBrookValleyPreserve OrdwayRedTrailHead.jpg
Trout Brook Valley Preserve and Connecticut State Reserve, Ordway (Red-Blazed) Trail Southern Trailhead (north of Bradley Hill Road entrance.
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County Fairfield
Location Easton
 - coordinates 41°14′43.7352″N 73°20′32.6724″W / 41.245482000°N 73.342409000°W / 41.245482000; -73.342409000
Area 300 acres (121 ha)
Established 1999
Management Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Location of Trout Brook Valley State Park Reserve in Connecticut

Trout Brook Valley State Park Reserve is a state park located in the town of Easton, Connecticut, offering opportunities for hiking and hunting.[1]

The three hundred (300) acres owned by the state of Connecticut are a part of the larger (1009 acre) contiguous Trout Brook Valley Preserve (also known as the Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area) parcel in Easton and Weston Connecticut bordering the southeast corner of the Saugatuck Reservoir and managed by the Aspetuck Land Trust.[2]

History[edit]

In 1994 the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company (BHC) began to entertain the notion of selling the 730 acres of undeveloped property it owned which bordered the southeast corner of the Saugatuck Reservoir. In 1997, Aquarion (BHC's parent company), BHC and a developer signed a contract to develop 130 luxury residences and a golf course on the property. In 1998 the Aspetuck Land Trust and the Coalition to Preserve Trout Brook Valley spearheaded an initiative to save the parcel from development. They were joined in the effort by Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE), Citizens for Easton, the Easton garden club, hiking and mountain biking groups, birding enthusiasts, naturalists and others including actor/philanthropist Paul Newman and his family. In September 1999 685 acres of the Trout Brook Valley land was purchased from BHC/Aquarion with $5.3 million raised by the Aspetuck Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy and $6 million from the State of Connecticut. 45 acres in neighboring Weston Connecticut were purchased by the municipal government. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trout Brook Valley State Park Reserve". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Trout Brook Valley History". Aspetuck Land Trust. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 

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