The land, located in Fairfield, Litchfield, New Haven and Hartford counties, was purchased for $90 million, with the state providing $80 million and TNC adding $10 million. Public hearings have been held to plan what uses of the acreage-which includes lands in the Housatonic and Naugutuck state forests and along at least eight rivers, lakes and reservoirs-will be allowed by the public. At press time, the closing date for the acquisition was March 31, 2002. This could be a major boon to outdoorsmen. Contact: Matthew Fritz, Communications Section, DEP (79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106; 860-424-4100).