Updates from the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut Highlands


Connecticut’s Highlands stretch northward from the New York border through Fairfield, Litchfield and Hartford counties to the Massachusetts line. These forested hillsides, active farmlands and spring-fed lakes provide some of the most spectacular vistas in the four-state Highlands region.

The pristine Schenob Brook wetlands in Salisbury filter impurities and replenish the water supply for thousands of people in the Housatonic River Valley. Just to their east, many unusual plants grow in the rare soils of the Canaan Lim Cliffs. Home to tiny migratory songbirds, bear and bobcat alike, this corner of Connecticut hosts the longest stretch of riverside Appalachian Trail on the eastern seaboard.

The Connecticut Highlands may be irreparably damaged within 20 years as vast tracts of farmland are forest are developed at twice the rate of the region’s population growth.

The beauty of the Connecticut Highlands belies the constant threat of unplanned development they face. Fragmentation of critical habitat will degrade important watershed areas and forever alter the landscapes that define a sense of place in northwestern Connecticut.

Key Facts

  • 678,000 acres
  • 3 counties
  • 28 municipalities
  • 30 Highlands Coalition Critical Treasures
  • state-listed endangered, threatened and rare animal species…
  • 137 endangered, imperiled and rare plant species