The Last Green Valley is a particularly beautiful part of New England. Located just minutes from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, it is conveniently accessible yet still predominately rural. When viewed from satellites or aircraft at night, the region appears dark amid the urban and suburban glow surrounding it. In the daytime, the surprisingly rural character of the 1,100 square-mile area is evident with lush forests and rolling hills bordered by the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers systems. Forest and farmland make up 77% of its 695,000-acres, yet it lies only an hour from 3 of New England's 4 largest urban areas. This relatively undeveloped rural island in the midst of the most urbanized region in the nation is largely unknown to those outside its borders.