At first glance, the town of Burlington, Connecticut, appears to have an abundance of open space-but much of it is privately owned, with limited public access. When 105 acres adjoining the existing Taine Mountain Preserve came up for sale, developers took notice. But the community wanted to protect the land for public use.
The Trust for Public Land worked with the town and the Burlington Land Trust to help protect the land for recreational access, hiking, and wildlife viewing. The new addition to the preserve will include a portion of a mile-long loop trail that would allow hikers to connect with the Nassahegon State Forest. Conserving the land also preserves bird and wildlife habitat and will ensure that the character and water quality of the nearby Farmington River are protected.