Native Meadows Preserve has been transferred to the town of New Milford. The 25 acre property will be preserved as open space. It's located between Route 7 and the Housatonic River at Veterans Bridge. Wild migratory birds and native wood ducks are among the wildlife living on the property.
The Northwest Conservation District purchased the property in 2010. A parking lot was built off Route 7 this year. Grass along some of the trails has been cut in an effort to prep the property for public use.
The land was purchased with funding from the Natural Resources Damage Fund, which was created to restore the Housatonic River from PCB contamination by General Electric operations in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Town officials hope to have a Grand Opening in the fall.