Devlin adopts area state park

State Rep. Laura Devlin on Wednesday announced she will be adopting Sherwood Island State Park in Westport joining a coalition of state park and greenway advocates within the Connecticut General Assembly.

Devlin made the announcement on the same day the Friends of Connecticut State Parks and the Connecticut Forest and Park Association assembled in Hartford for their Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Devlin proclaimed her support for the forests, parks and greenways by adopting her local landscape in honor of the 102 year anniversary of the State Park system.

Sherwood Island State Park in Westport is Connecticut’s first state park along Long Island Sound Sherwood Island also has a nature center for visitors and naturalists of all ages with displays and exhibits to greet them and help them understand the rich diversity of plant and animal life that inhabit the park.

“Sherwood Park is a beautiful recreation destination for Connecticut residents, and is home to Connecticut’s 9/11 Living Memorial. I encourage everyone to visit the park,” said Rep. Devlin.

Devlin met with Louis Pietig and Mary Ann West, both on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park.

By adopting a state park, Rep. Devlin will work with existing “Friends” of the park, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; use her position as a legislator to advocate the needs for the park and work with the park to continually understand its assets and needs.

The Friends of Connecticut State parks added Devlin to their Honor Roll list of legislators. Over a dozen legislators signed the pledge this week to adopt a state park in their respective districts. There are 107 state parks in Connecticut, and according to a UConn Economic Study, the state parks employ 9,000 people each year and bring $1 billion to the state’s economy.

Devlin met with Louis Pietig and Mary Ann West, both on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park.

Devlin met with Louis Pietig and Mary Ann West, both on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park.

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