Old Saybrook approves purchase of “The Preserve” land

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — People in Old Saybrook voted overwhelmingly in favor of using $3 million in town funds to help buy a thousand acres of land known as “The Preserve.”

The area is home to various wildlife, including migratory birds, and also filters drinking water, and has hiking trails. It’s the last, large unprotected coastal forest between New York and Boston.

The final vote was 2,002 ‘yes’ to 242 ‘no’.

In a statement Governor Dannel Malloy said, “The permanent protection of “The Preserve” has been a goal of the land conservation community across our state for more than 15 years, and now with voters’ approval, this land will be protected in perpetuity and enjoyed by residents for generations to come.”

Purchasing the land isn’t a done deal yet, because part of “The Preserve” belongs to Essex, that town will vote next week on giving $200,000 to the deal. The rest of the money will come from state and private donors.

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