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REI posts about their collaboration with Hanging Hills to support CT Forests and Park Association:

Although Connecticut may be the fourth most urbanized state in the nation, it also boasts more than 825 miles of trail and ranks first in the nation’s urban forests, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Much of the responsibility of maintaining the state’s trail system and outdoor spaces falls to the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA). Every year, CFPA volunteers put in more than 25,000 hours—most of which is spent on local trail maintenance.

REI has been a longtime partner of CFPA and supports more than 400 similar nonprofit organizations across the country. As REI re-opens its West Hartford store in a new location on April 27, the co-op is celebrating by collaborating with local Hanging Hills Brewing Company on a limited edition brew—Old New England Trail IPA—in honor of Connecticut’s New England Trail. 10 percent of sales from the beer will go to the CFPA*.

We caught up with CFPA Executive Director Eric Hammerling and CFPA Trails Stewardship Director Clare Cain to learn about their valuable work to steward Connecticut’s trails and public lands, and see how your support can benefit their efforts.

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