Stratford gets state grant to purchase land for Roosevelt Forest

Stratford will add to Roosevelt Forest thanks to more than $261,000 in grant money from the state.

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced on Monday that Stratford is among 23 municipalities receiving $6.05 million in grant to purchase more than 2,000 acres of land for preservation as open space.

Stratford will get $261,240 to purchase two separate parcels adding up to 19 acres to add to Roosevelt Forest. The land being purchased is located in Stratford and Shelton. Both properties, according Malloy’s office, are undeveloped upland woodlots with some associated wetland and typical New England forest wildlife habitat.  

The grants are being awarded through the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program, which is administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. It assists local governments, land trusts, and water companies in purchasing open space using funding from the Community Investment Act and state bond funds.  This grant program requires match by the grant recipient and requires the open space land be protected by a conservation and public recreation easement, ensuring that the property is forever protected for public use and enjoyment.

“Connecticut’s tradition of preserving open space has helped define our landscape and preserve its important natural resources and geographical beauty,”  Malloy said in a statement.  “These grants continue our open space preservation legacy and will increase the availability of open space for our residents across our state.”

DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said more than $125 million in state funding has been awarded since 1988 to municipalities, non-profit land conservation organizations, and water companies to assist in the purchase of more than 33,300 acres of land, including farmlands, in 137 cities and towns,

“These important open space properties protect natural resources and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike,” Klee said.

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  • Bill

    Hope it’s the James Farm Rd property currently slated to be no income housing. When it comes to keeping space open Stratford is stupid. Just keep filling open space in with crap and let the brown fields hold the tax payers hostage.

  • Danny Cook

    This is a great idea, more land is needed for the forest for all of us to enjoy with our dogs.

  • Patty P

    When is the monorail grant money coming? It would be nice to have service to the Forrest via monorail.

  • Pat Spermling

    I hear so much about the monorail system. I understand there are solar power systems now. I can not wait to see it up in running from Forest to Shore.

    • Danny Cook

      It is up to our mayor to ask our U.S. Senators for federal funds and without them, there will be not monorail system which would be great for all of us to enjoy if we have a monorail .

  • Kenny

    Stratford may have to sell Roosevelt Forrest to pay Jennings and the Town AttorneysnnSTRATFORD TOWN COUNCIL AGENDA February 13, 2018n n4.3 TOWN ATTORNEY’S REPORTn4.3.1 Jennings v. Town of Stratford – Executive SessionnnnBy Melvin Mason on September 14, 2016 in Lead News, News, Police & Fire u00b7 nnUpdate: Town Attorney Chris Hodgson said Wednesday that the town u201cvehemently disagrees with the verdictu201d and u201cwill take all measures to reverse it, including appeal.u201dnOriginal story: A former Stratford Police officer who sued the town after being u201cconstructively dischargedu201d was awarded a $2.5 million verdict in federal court on Wednesday.nAn 8-person jury in U.S. District Court in New Haven returned the hefty verdict for William Jennings, who worked for the police department for 24 years as a narcotics detective. Of that verdict, $1 million is for compensatory damages, while $1.5 million is in punitive damages, said Jenningsu2019 attorney John Williams. nWilliams said the jury ruled that the town had u201chad constructively discharged Detective Jennings and that all of its actions were unlawful retaliation for his exercise of protected free speech rights.u201d nWilliams said Wednesday that Jennings was u201cvery emotionalu201d about the decision and u201cdeeply gratified with the verdict.u201dnu201cHe feels vindicated,u201d Williams said of Jennings, who retired from the SPD in 2012. Jennings currently lives in Arizona.

    • Danny Cook

      We should be all outrage that the town is not selling the Army Engine Plant to receive income that we badly need.

    • Geico

      Stratford has insurance to cover the settlement it’s not as bad as it looks

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