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Danbury has closed a deal to buy 65 acres of land off Long Ridge Road, near Tarrywile Park, with a conservation easement.  The City Council signed off on starting negotiations earlier this year and an agreement was reached for the City to pay $700,000 from the conservation fund.  The property is valued at $1.2 million.  The land will be preserved for hiking and as natural open space, featuring an old orchard, meadows and woods.  City officials hope to eventually connect the parcel to the Ives Trail, a 20-mile path spanning Ridgefield, Redding, Bethel and Danbury.  The property was owned by 99-year old Monique Wiedel, who reaches the century milestone birthday in June.

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