Linares, Ziobron Applaud Environmental Preservation Funding for East Haddam

October 16, 2015

Area legislators today applauded the state’s approval of $49,500 to help preserve as open space 12.5 acres of land in East Haddam known as the Bloch Property.

The funding will go toward creating a network of small acquisitions connecting the town’s elementary and high schools, the Senior Center, senior housing, other municipal land and several subdivisions, thus linking the neighborhood together via a green way. With this acquisition, an additional 18½ acres will be donated to add to the connectivity of other existing and planned open space parcels.

“We are thrilled to see this land getting preserved for future generations to enjoy,” Sen. Art Linares said. “This greenway will be a lasting legacy for East Haddam, providing a green link to connect key town resources.”

“The acquisition and preservation of this property will help realize the vision of a connecting greenway providing access to several important town institutions,” Rep. Melissa Ziobron said. “It is the latest in several important targeted open space acquisitions that enhance the quality of life in the East Haddam community.”

The property contains multiple habitats including vernal pools and wetlands, an old Christmas tree plantation, used by owls and turkeys, and upland hardwood forest, used by coyote, deer, bob cat and turkey.