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Support the McLean Game Refuge!

Senator McLean eloquently detailed in his will the conservation of the McLean Game Refuge.  We continue to benefit from the vision and foresight of a man who not only left a substantial parcel of land, but also an endowment for its stewardship.   The McLean Game Refuge is unique and there are very few places like it.

  • At 4,400 acres, the Game Refuge serves a vital role in wildlife management.  We are nearly 13% the size of all state and federal wildlife areas combined! (Connecticut has 107 state Wildlife Management Areas comprising 32,000 acres  - average size of 299 acres - and two National Wildlife Areas  which are both less than 2,000 acres)
  • The McLean Game Refuge is among the largest private forests in New England, especially those used for conservation and research.  Our peers in Connecticut are limited – primarily the White Memorial Conservation Center, the Yale-Myers Forest and the Great Mountain Forest.
  • The property is contiguous to large core forests including Enders State Forest, making our land of special importance for wildlife.
  • And, fun fact, - some of the tallest Pine trees in the state with many towering over 130 feet tall are in the McLean Game Refuge.

With your help we can join in Senator McLean's legacy by supplementing this rather modest endowment and further the Senator's mission for "the protection and preservation of the forest" into the future.

To make a donation online, please click the link here:

Click here to learn how to include McLean in your will and preserve the land for generations to come.

You May Mail Us Your Gift

    McLean Development
    75 Great Pond Road
    Simsbury, CT 06070

Or, Contact Us!

    Vickie Dirienzo, CFRE
    Director of Development

    [email protected]
    McLean Development
    75 Great Pond Road
    Simsbury, CT 06070

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