Forests, fields are vital to recreation, tourism business in Northwest Corner


State parks and forests define the landscape of the Northwest Corner. Every town here has at least one. They often stretch for miles, giving area towns their rugged, woodsy character.

Area residents treasure the acres of open space that surround them. And so, it turns out, do out-of-towners. A recently released study shows that tourists and residents spent more than $1 billion in 2010 on outdoor activities related to Connecticut state parks and forests.

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