CHAPTER 452

APPALACHIAN NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL

Table of Contents

Sec. 23-66. Preservation of trail as state policy.

Sec. 23-67. Acquisition of land. Provision of facilities.

Sec. 23-68. Transfer of land from other agencies.

Sec. 23-69. Uses of trail and land.

Sec. 23-70. Maintenance agreements.

Sec. 23-71. Liability of grantor of right-of-way.

Sec. 23-72. Use of funds.


Sec. 23-66. Preservation of trail as state policy. It is declared to be the policy of the state of Connecticut that the Connecticut portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail be preserved in its natural character as proposed by Public Law 90-543, October 2, 1968.

(1971, P.A. 638, S. 1.)

Sec. 23-67. Acquisition of land. Provision of facilities. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is hereby authorized by purchase, gift, eminent domain or otherwise to acquire such land, including but not limited to rights-of-way and easements for the purpose of protecting or enhancing scenic beauty, as may be deemed necessary to establish, protect and maintain the portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail between the Massachusetts and New York state lines as designated in the Federal Register or as otherwise altered according to the provisions of Public Law 90-543, and may also provide shelters and other facilities thereon; provided the power of eminent domain shall not be utilized to acquire a strip of land bordering said trail no greater than two hundred feet in overall width.

(1971, P.A. 638, S. 2; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: Pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Department of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 23-68. Transfer of land from other agencies. Any department or agency of the state or of any political subdivision may transfer to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection lands or rights in land for such purposes on such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon, or may enter into an agreement with the commissioner providing for the establishment and protection of said trail.

(1971, P.A. 638, S. 3; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: Pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Department of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 23-69. Uses of trail and land. As ordered in Public Law 90-543, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail shall be held, developed and administered primarily as a footpath and the natural scenic beauty thereof shall be preserved insofar as it is practicable; provided that other uses of the trail and lands acquired hereunder may be permitted, by the owner of adjoining lands or other, in such manner and in such seasons as will not substantially interfere with the primary use of the trail. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the right of the public to pass over existing public roads which are or may become part of the trail, nor prevent the department from performing such work as is necessary for the purpose of forest fire protection, insect, pest and disease control.

(1971, P.A. 638, S. 4.)

Sec. 23-70. Maintenance agreements. As stated in Public Law 90-543, the commissioner may enter into cooperative agreements with agencies of the federal government or with private organizations to provide for the maintenance of the trail.

(1971, P.A. 638, S. 5.)

Sec. 23-71. Liability of grantor of right-of-way. No person who has granted a right-of-way for said trail across his land, or his successor in title, shall be liable to any user of the trail for injuries suffered on said right-of-way unless the injuries are caused by his wilful or wanton misconduct as covered in the provisions of sections 52-557f to 52-557i, inclusive.

(1971, P.A. 638, S. 6; P.A. 73-616, S. 22; P.A. 75-567, S. 71, 80.)

History: P.A. 73-616 replaced reference to Secs. “23-27a through 23-27k” with reference to Secs. “52-557f to 52-557i, inclusive”; P.A. 75-567 deleted words “as they may become amended” following internal section reference.

Sec. 23-72. Use of funds. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is hereby authorized to use any department funds which may become available to carry out sections 23-66 to 23-72, inclusive. Any available funds from the United States Land and Water Conservation Fund or other federal assistance programs may also be used to accomplish this purpose.

(1971, P.A. 638, S. 7; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: Pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Department of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.