WILLIS TANNER FARMLAND PRESERVE

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The Willis Tanner Farmland Preserve consists of 25 acres of beautiful farmland generously donated by Patricia Tanner Downes in 2017. It is named after her father, Willis Tanner, who served as Warren’s First Selectman from 1948-1979. It was under his tenure that the town acquired Warren Woods as well as the town beach on Lake Waramaug. 

The field, at one of the highest points in town, hosts prime farmland soils and is a foraging and nesting habitat for local avian life. Development rights were previously conveyed to the CT Department of Agriculture, and the property continues to be farmed, alternating between crops of hay and corn. 

The Hiking Trail

There is a mowed trail around the field’s perimeter which makes a pleasant destination for an easy, peaceful walk. The preserve is located on Above All Road approximately one mile from the center of town and in close proximity to WLT’s Strong Preserve. Across the road is Above All State Park, the location of a Cold-War-era military radar station, some remains of which can still be seen.