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Glenney Family Protects Additional 30 Acres for Conservation

Pond on Glenney Property in Lisbon.

It’s not every day that a developable piece of property is purchased and immediately protected forever, but the Glenney family is no ordinary family. Conservation is a core value that they pass down from generation to generation. Even when family members leave Connecticut, they still keep a connection to their family land through hunting in the fall and walks whenever in town.   

In 2007, after decades of assembling small properties in Lisbon, Dr. Chris Glenney and his sons, Chris and Dan, decided it was time to protect this 375-acre block of woodland for future generations to enjoy.  They worked with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) to place two conservation easements on the land that would prevent future development, but allow them to continue using and managing this wonderful property. In 2014, Dr. Glenney worked with Connwood Foresters, Inc. to produce a ten-year management plan for the property and in 2015 a timber harvest was completed to create young forest habitat for species like the New England Cottontail whose habitat has become increasing rare in New England.

In 2015, Chris and Dan again followed the family tradition and purchased an adjoining 30-acre piece of property and immediately began working with CFPA to place another conservation easement over this piece. This now 400+ acre block of protected forest is a stronghold for wildlife in eastern Connecticut. It is not uncommon to take a short walk on this parcel and flush several woodcock or observe great blue herons fishing on the pond in the northwestern corner.

CFPA is grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a thoughtful conservation-minded family to protect their forest for generations to come. Their generosity and foresight make our work worthwhile and we know that with families like theirs in Connecticut, the future of conservation and forestry in CT is in good hands.