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Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

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Senator Steve Cassano Welcomes State Grant to Expand Open Space in Manchester

HARTFORD, CT – Today, State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester) welcomed a state grant of $300,000, sponsored by the Manchester Land Trust, which will add 102 acres to their Bush Hill Preserve.

“Throughout the years, I’ve been fortunate to work with the Manchester Land Trust to provide funding for numerous projects and I’m pleased to say that this is a continuation of that effort,” said Senator Cassano. “Open spaces are critical for conservation, protecting our natural resources, and provide residents with an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. This expansion will encourage more recreational activity and will provide wildlife with a habitat to grow and thrive, while preserving the natural beauty that Connecticut has to offer. It’s important for urban centers like Manchester to have access to open spaces, and I’d like to thank Governor Ned Lamont for his support and the Manchester Land Trust for their efforts on this project.”

This proposal from the Manchester Land Trust will add 102 acres to their Bush Hill Preserve. A part of this preserve known as the Botti Farm, was purchased with the help of a 2016 OSWA grant. Lombardo Farm is completely surrounded by open space and would allow for passive recreation with the construction of trails connecting to Bush Hill Preserve. Access will be available along the property’s 2,000 feet of frontage on Hillstown Road. A mature forest and a small spring-fed pond provide wildlife habitat. An open meadow provides habitat for migrating birds and pollinator species. The towns of Manchester, East Hartford, and Glastonbury are within a short distance of the site.

The grant awarded to the city is part of a total of $9.1 million in state grant funding to 24 different communities across the state to designate 2,466 acres of land as open space. The grants are authorized under the state’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program, which is administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and assists local governments, land trusts, and water companies in purchasing land to protect open space.

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