a nonprofit all-volunteer organization dedicated to protecting
and preserving one of the last and largest expanses of largely unspoiled
wild land in northern Fairfield County, Connecticut.
The Preservation Advocates for Terre Haute (PATH) have been working
permanently preserve at least the most sensitive portions of
the property – ideally through a conservation easement, and
dramatically expand the recreational, educational and inspirational
opportunities. In particular, PATH is encouraging Bethel residents
to discover the treasure that is Terre Haute. A pictorial brochure
was mailed to every household in 2001; public events have been
held on Earth Day and other occasions; activities on the property
have been sponsored and more have been scheduled.
Two recent, highly professional studies have documented the extraordinary
value of the Terre Haute land.
Conway School of Landscape Design
, a graduate school in Conway,
MA, was contracted by the Town of Bethel for a land use study of
the property. Comprehensive analyses, depicted in numerous maps
and drawings, demonstrated that most of the land is far too sensitive
for intensive development - due to extremely steep slopes, shallow
depth to bedrock, wetlands and other factors.
Also, Harrall-Michalowski Associates, planning consultants from
Hamden, CT, were contracted by the Danbury Conservation Commission
and the Swampfield Land Trust to complete an Open Space Analysis
for Southern Danbury. Using the Geographic Information System (GIS),
parcels were prioritized based on a number of recreational and ecological
attributes. The Terre Haute land that lies in Danbury received the
HIGHEST preservation priority in the computer-generated rankings.
PATH is extremely encouraged with these two studies – presenting
dramatic testimony on the importance of the Terre Haute lands to
the quality of life in Bethel and Danbury – and believes that
Bethel and Danbury officials should act NOW to permanently protect
join with us
. Explore this
website. Find out
who we are
and what we
aspire to do for the land, which cannot protect itself without our
Contact us by e-mail
with any questions
you might have. Even oppose us if you think we are misguided. But
get involved. This is an issue whose outcome will resonate for generations
We--and you--have a chance to permanently affect a little corner
of our precious world for the better. And that is worth doing, by
The directors and members,
Preservation Advocates for Terre Haute
AUTUMN HIKE IN THE TERRE HAUTE WILDERNESS
Sunday, October 14, 2007
1:30 PM, rain or shine
Join PATH and the Appalachian Mountain Club and enjoy autumn's beauty.
All ages and skill levels are welcome, with hike options ranging from kid-friendly to rigorous steep trails. All hikes begin from the Trowbridge Drive cul de sac in Francis Clarke business park.
For updates and bulletins about this and future events, be sure to
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Please help us spread the word about the hike.
Download a poster HERE
and put it up in your business, school, local bulletin board, etc.
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