Simanski ‘adopts’ Enders and American Legion State Forests
State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) announced he has adopted Enders State Forest in West Granby and American Legion State Forest in Barkhamsted, joining a coalition of state park and greenway advocates within the Connecticut General Assembly.
Simanski 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. Simanski proclaimed his support for the forests, parks and greenways by adopting the local landscapes in honor of the 102 year anniversary of the state park system.
“As an avid outdoorsman, I’m proud to again participate in this great event and support our state parks,” said Simanski. “Especially after this long and snowy winter, I encourage residents to get outside and enjoy all that our beautiful parks have to offer. From fishing and water sports to hiking, biking and picnicking, there is something for people of all ages and interests to enjoy.”
By adopting a state park, Rep. Simanski will work with existing “Friends” of the park and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, use his position as a legislator to advocate for the needs for the park, and work with the park to continually understand its assets and needs.
The Friends of Connecticut State Parks added Simanski to their distinguished 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.
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