Utility to help preserve open space in Connecticut

ENFIELD, Conn. -- Northeast Utilities says it is setting aside nearly 1,000 acres in a land trust to help preserve open space in Connecticut.

The Hartford-based parent company of Connecticut Light & Power announced Thursday that the land trust will include 723 acres in Sharon, 188 acres on the Connecticut River in Enfield, 57 acres in Newtown and 13 acres in Waterford.

The open space was among several requirements in an agreement in March that paved the way for Connecticut's approval of Northeast Utilities' $5 billion purchase of Boston's NStar.

The 981 acres in the trust will be permanently protected and will be more visible and accessible for Connecticut residents.

An interactive website _ http://www.nu.com/landmanagement _ will include maps, pictures and videos of the property to help identify hiking trails and other recreation opportunities.