Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 7:26 AM
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut is expanding a 24-year-old program that promotes the state's agriculture to now boost forestry products.
The state Department of Environmental Protection says it will announce the expansion of the Connecticut Grown program Wednesday at a Bolton company that makes home-building kits.
Christopher Martin, director of the division of forestry at the environmental agency, says the Connecticut Grown program has raised awareness of locally produced food and other agricultural products. He says it also has helped reduce land development.
State officials now hope to do the same for forests and forestry products.
Martin says that although Connecticut is among the most densely populated states, 60 percent is forested. He says a federal inventory shows the state's forests are declining.
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