In the spirit of Earth Day, the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) is highlighting Connecticut's progress through the years to preserve the environment. CFPA has been a longstanding voice urging the state to set a national example for successful forest conservation and reverse the damage to Connecticut's natural resources. The impact - a century in the making - is worth noting: when the organization began its work (in 1895), Connecticut was 20% forested: today it is 60% forested. CFPA remains vigilant and involved in the sound management and protection of land, water and wildlife resources.
In addition to protecting land for public enjoyment, CFPA's leaders established the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System in 1929 which traverses public and private lands throughout 88 towns in Connecticut and is enjoyed by thousands of citizens each year. Today, approximately 825 miles of trails are maintained by hundreds of CFPA volunteers working in cooperation with many public and private landowners, contributing approximately 15,000 hours to trail work every year.