Governor Lamont Announces $2 Million in State Funding For State Parks, Forests, and Wildlife Management Areas
HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont announced that $2 million in state funding is anticipated to be approved next week by the State Bond Commission, which will be used to fund statewide repairs and maintenance works at Connecticut state parks, forests, and wildlife management areas. The announcement was made concurrent with the release of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) operational plan for the 2021 outdoor recreation season, which will have state parks, state forest recreation areas, and boat launches return to providing full services to visitors this year.
“Connecticut’s uniquely accessible and diverse outdoor recreation resources were essential to the social and economic health of our state during the worst stretches of the pandemic last year, recording record numbers of visitors and with significant increases in use of every kind, from hiking, peddling, paddling, hunting, and fishing,” Governor Lamont said. “The approval of this state funding will provide an important influx of maintenance funds to repair and sustain these precious resources so that they can continue to be a major contributor to Connecticut’s great quality of life.”
“The value and benefits of Connecticut’s amazing outdoor recreation and natural resources were experienced by more than a record 10 million visitors last year,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said.