The Connecticut Forest & Park Association Matters

Earlier this week, I attended the Connecticut Forest & Park Association annual meeting. It’s a great time of year for CFPA. Trails Day is a short four weeks away. There have been some great spring trail running races on Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails. Bimbler’s Bluff, Northern Nipmuck, and Traprock 50K are all history until 2013, but Soapstone Mountain, NipMuck Marathon and several others are on tap. The new eTrailhead initiative is taking off.

Last week, Eastern Mountain Sports had a Β grand opening for its new store in Manchester, Connecticut, and donated 1% of the first weekend’s proceeds to CFPA. We attended the fun pre-grand opening event and got to see all the new inventory. We love outdoor gear!

I’m a member of the CFPA board of directors and Horst Engineering is a strong supporter, so I have a special place in my heart for Connecticut’s oldest and most venerable conservation organization. At the annual meeting, we heard from Senator Richard Blumenthal, who offered words of encouragement and shared some funny stories about his first year in the United States Senate. He mentioned the recent victories that CFPA was part of on behalf the outdoor recreation community. Recreational liability protection has been a key part of CFPA’s advocacy agenda in the past year.

Those of us at the meeting also saw the trailer for a new film, due in 2013, about forestry legend, Gifford Pinchot. Pinchot was featured prominently in 2007’s Forces of Nature, a play that was commissioned by CFPA. CFPA has been making a name for itself for 117 years and the momentum is sure to continue. CFPA is responsible for the Connecticut section of the New England National Scenic Trail. My other favorite conservation organization, the Appalachian Mountain Club, is responsible for the Massachusetts section. We will be on that section of the NET this Sunday at the 7 Sisters Trail Race.

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