State Bond Commission to back $2 million for shoreline land

-FILE- Governor Dannel Malloy (WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says $2 million to help buy shoreline property is expected to be approved when the State Bond Commission meets Monday.

He says protecting the property, known as The Preserve, has been a goal of conservationists in Connecticut for more than 15 years. The state worked with the Trust for Public Land and the towns of Essex, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

The Preserve is considered to be the last large, unprotected coastal forest between New York and Boston. It’s a home to wildlife and habitat areas and will offer hiking and other outdoor recreation.

After the State Bond Commission acts the Trust for Public Land ends fundraising, a closing will be scheduled to purchase the property and turn it over to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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