Canaan Mountain Wilderness Natural Area Preserve is a rugged, high-elevation section of Housatonic State Forest in the Northwest Highlands. Protected in 1972, and expanded in 1997, this 2,260-acre preserve is in the state’s Natural Area Preserve System and is one of only two Wildlands protected by state statute. It is part of the largest roadless area in Connecticut, and its remote location, cool temperatures, and northern forest composition make it ideal habitat for human and climate-sensitive species like moose.

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© Edward Faison