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Preservation Advocates for Terre Haute (PATH) is...

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 actively to:

  1. permanently preserve at least the most sensitive portions of the property – ideally through a conservation easement, and
  2. 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. The 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 this property.

Please 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 help. 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 to come.

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 any standard.

Thank You,
The directors and members,
Preservation Advocates for Terre Haute

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.
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For updates and bulletins about this and future events, be sure to join our mailing list !

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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