State moves to save wetlands in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — The state and Old Saybrook are moving forward with plans to buy and preserve a 1,000-acre parcel of wetlands known simply as The Preserve.

The Day of New London reports reports lawmakers recently approved $2 million for the project in its bonding package. Old Saybrook’s Baord of Finance held a public hearing Tuesday on a recommendation to spend $3 million on the project.

The Trust for Public Land has pledged to contribute up to $3 million from private donors and the state is hoping to obtain $1.4 million from the federal government for the purchase.

The town has blocked development on the site, which includes a coastal rainforest and an Atlantic White Cedar swamp.

Environmentalists say preservation would protect water quality as well as migratory birds and amphibian species.

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Information from: The Day

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