Town officials say the property will be used for a variety of economic, educational, recreational and conservation purposes, according to reports. For example, it will generate income through sustainable timber harvests and provide an outdoor classroom for local schools.
The land was owned by the Tillotson family for generations. The town acquired the land with a conservation easement on 368 acres to ensure that the majority of the land will be left undeveloped. The remaining 56 acres has no easement and can be used by the town for other economic development.
The town is holding a celebration for the community forest on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Canaan Recreation Park.