Hardwood Forest Preservation in NE Connecticut

The Orton Family Foundation asked our help when its program to preserve the hardwood forests of northeast Connecticut was not gaining traction. Community description revealed deep-seated love for the local waterways, the power source of the textile industry that dominated the area in the 19th Century, and interest in tourism promoting “canoe trails” using these waterways. By expanding the focus of the project beyond the ecological of the hardwood forest to include the social and economic interests as well, local interest in the project grew significantly.

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