UConn's forests are important resources for educational as well as recreational uses. In March 2010, a land conservation deal between the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, Norcross Wildlife Foundation, and UConn conserved an additional 531 acres of forest land and three miles of blue-blazed hiking trails in the towns of Willington and Mansfield.
In order to preserve the University's natural areas and encourage responsible public enjoyment of the forest, members of the UConn Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) and the EcoHusky Student Group cooperate in efforts to improve trail signage and increase use of the parcels.
UConn offers many locations for hiking and biking. Both the Fenton Tract and the HEEP Trails are close to campus and offer many different routes to explore. You can also discover many varieties of trees on campus through the Campus Tree Touring Guide. Be sure to print out a map if you don't already have one!
Although Mansfield has many town parks with beautiful scenery, only Schoolhouse Brook Park permits biking. To find other trails throughout Connecticut, visit the Rails to Trail Conservancy. This website features an easy to use search tool that returns many trails in the Storrs area. Each trail has its own website featuring detailed trail descriptions including information on mileage, difficulty, and more!
Trees and Forests
The University of Connecticut is working to provide effective tree preservation and management for on campus tree and forest resources. As part of this, UConn has been designated as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Currently, most of the tree preservation efforts come from the UConn Arboretum Committee and the Campus Tree Care Plan. In addition, UConn celebrates Arbor Day annually with a dedicated tree planting.
The University also has a number of notable and unique tree species on campus that can be viewed by following the walking tree tour.
Although there are many forests within the UConn property lines, there are even more surrounding it! Click here for a list of all of the CT State Parks and Forests and here for an interactive map and comprehensive guide for the many parks and trails in Mansfield.