By Jennifer Benner
Since 1929, avid Connecticut hikers have enjoyed access to nature via the CFPA Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails System. Since the 1990s, however, the benefits of trails have notably reached far beyond the hiking and outdoors community. Recognizing that trails provide health, education, and economic benefits, more and more interest groups are embracing the use and stewardship of footpaths.
By Lindsay Michel
We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the many private landowners (individuals, land trusts, and corporations) who host about 40% of the length of the trails (~330 miles out of 825 total). As you might imagine, the fact that most of these trails have no form of permanent protection is also our greatest challenge in keeping the best trail corridors connected forever. Each time these private lands change hands (from one generation to the next, or to another owner), we work to ensure the new landowners share the current commitment to trails for public enjoyment.
How Connecticut’s forests have changed from colonial to modern times
By Edward K. Faison