A legislative committee is being briefed on how Connecticut's state parks and forests are funded.
The nonpartisan staff for the General Assembly's Program Review and Investigations Committee was charged with assessing whether resources have been adequate to support the short- and long-term operational needs of the 107 state parks and 32 state forests, which cover roughly eight percent of the state, or 262,600 acres.
Total funding for state parks and forests increased annually from fiscal year 2005 to 2009. But it has remained in the $15 million to $16 million range for the last five years.
Staff members were scheduled Thursday to present their findings to the committee members.
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