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Accusations fly over land trust proposal

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WINSTED — Heated accusations erupted between opposing parties Tuesday, Feb. 22, as the Board of Selectmen rejected for the second time in a row a proposal by the Winchester Land Trust to acquire conservation restrictions on 360 acres of town-owned land.

The plan included the trust acquiring a conservation easement on 356 acres surrounding Crystal Lake, which is the town’s main drinking water reservoir, and the Algonquin State Forest.

The money the land trust would have paid the town came from a state grant of $500,000, which was awarded in December.

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