Why You Should Visit:
The Sunny Valley Preserve consists of 1,850 acres of farmland, forests, wetlands, and meadows on 19 parcels of land. Visitors can hike on trails and learn about nature, land management, and environmentally compatible farming at several observation sites.
New Milford and Bridgewater
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The preserve was originally donated by the late George D. Pratt Jr. of Bridgewater in a series of transfers from 1973 to 1979. Its variety of topography, geology and natural habitats supports diverse wildlife and biological communities.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
The Conservancy has initiated surveys to develop an inventory of the preserve's wildlife and plants. Meanwhile, Sunny Valley's farmland and farm operations remain a focal point of community interest. The Conservancy has returned the preserve's three primary farms to productive agriculture by leasing them to farmers after making significant capital improvements. This investment has paid off with increased local interest in the preserve and support for the Conservancy.