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History

Connecticut’s Oldest Private Land Trust

The Newtown Forest Association (NFA) is the oldest private land trust organization in Connecticut. It has been dedicated for ninety years to securing for the residents of Newtown and their posterity the benefits derived from open space lands.

The Association was started in 1924 when Dr. Howard Peck presented a gift of 7.2 acres of land to nine Newtown neighbors forming “Newtown Forester’s Association.” Additional lands added from concerned citizens formed the 15.5-acre “Newtown Town Forest”. This is an example of how a land trust works to protect the character of the community by preserving scenic, historic, agricultural and recreational lands for the benefit of present and future generations.

The NFA has grown from the initial 7.2 acres to its current holdings of more than 1,100 acres located in all districts of Newtown.

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