Last Green Valley Institute

The Last Green Valley is two things - it's the 35-town National Heritage Corridor where you live, and it's also your member-supported non-profit organization working locally to preserve the irreplaceable land, water, and cultural resources of the region.

 At night the region appears distinctively dark amid the urban and suburban glow when viewed from satellites or aircraft.  In the daytime, the green fields and forests confirm the surprisingly rural character of the 1,085 square-mile area defined by the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers systems and the rugged hills that surround them.  For this reason, northeastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts have been called "The Last Green Valley" in the sprawling metropolitan Boston-to-Washington Corridor.

The Last Green Valley is half the size of Grand Canyon National Park and more than ten times that of Acadia, the largest national park in the northeast.  Forest and farmland make up 78% of its 695,000-acres, yet it lies only an hour from 3 of New England's 4 largest urban areas.  Its 300,000 inhabitants reside only 2 1/2 hours from 25 million people.  This relatively undeveloped rural island in the midst of the most urbanized region in the nation makes it a resource of local, regional, and national importance.
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