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Greenways

Guiding Principle
Greenways provide a prime opportunity to connect people and communities, linking rural, suburban, and urban portions of eastern Connecticut while providing habitat protection and expanding open space and recreational opportunities.

Greenways
A ‘Greenway’ is defined within the CT General Statutes under Section 23-100 as a corridor of open space that:
a. May protect natural resources, preserve scenic landscapes and historical resources or offer opportunities for recreation or nonmotorized transportation,
b. May connect existing protected areas and provide access to the outdoors,
c. May be located along a defining natural feature, such as a waterway, along a man-made corridor, including an unused right‐of‐way, traditional trail routes or historic barge canals or
d. May be a greenspace along a highway or around a village.

Goal
To increase the focus of RC&D and its partners on the development and the stewardship of greenways as a method of connecting rural, suburban, and urban communities with particular attention to natural resource protection, riparian and wildlife corridor connectivity, economic development, preservation of scenic resources and community character, and connection of environmental justice populations to public services.

Objective 1: Work with CT DEEP, NRCS, Regional Planning Organizations, University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) Community and Natural Resource Planning Program, conservation commissions, open space committees, land trusts, Connecticut Land Conservation Council, Connecticut Greenway Council, equestrian organizations and others to lead a focused effort to identify and connect the many fragmented and local greenways throughout Eastern Connecticut. Identify potential open space and greenway linkages across municipal and regional
boundaries, with emphasis on river corridors, watersheds, and regional trails: Special focus to be given to the East Coast Greenway, Air Line Rail Trail, and the Quinimay Trail of Cockaponset State Forest and the Menunketesuck – Cockaponset Regional Greenway.
Strategies:
1. Provide an informational brochure on where to go to learn of greenway and blueway connections within the State, New England, and New York and why they are important, and provide that resource through hardcopy mailing to conservation commissions, inland wetlands commissions, land trusts, and on the RC&D website.
2. Promote/facilitate or help distribute comprehensive CT greenway publications which includes State, regional, and local greenway boundaries, descriptions, and purposes.

Objective 2: Find, coordinate, and support interested citizens, groups, organizations, and government bodies to participate in greenway development through intergovernmental, nonprofit, and NGO’s collaborations.
Strategies:
1. Provide support for (2) intermunicipal or regional non‐profit conservation collaborative initiatives or continuing organizations.
2. Provide grant assistance through administrative service and/or fiscal responsibility for (1) intermunicipal or regional non-profit organization.

Objective 3: Partner with the City of Hartford, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and neighborhood groups to identify actionable next steps for the multi-use trail system along the Park River in Hartford and coordinate the completion of existing grants with the identification of additional funding resources.
Strategies:
1. Work with City of Hartford and Connecticut DEEP to transfer remaining project funds and responsibility on South Branch Trail to City of Hartford.

Objective 4: Support connection of environmental justice populations to public services and partner in the development of non motorized corridors.
Strategies:
1. Assist (1) municipality and school district in understanding the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program concept and seek opportunities to link Sage Routes to School (SRTS) planning efforts to off-street trails and greenways systems.

Objective 5: Partner with CLEAR, COGs, RPAs and the CT DEEP to develop a model to assist communities with their greenway and open space mapping and planning initiatives.
Strategies:
1. Participate in (1) natural resource or land use conference concerning the inventory and
mapping of open space and development of a statewide geospatial land records system.

Objective 6: Continue to coordinate and partner on greenway and blueway trail identification and statewide mapping and support Rivers Alliance of Connecticut with their statewide blueways initiative.
Strategies:
1. Make (3) global positioning systems (GPS) units and training available to municipal and conservation non‐profits to facilitate, and in exchange for, completion of specific trail mapping projects to be included in the State of Connecticut, DEEP trail geographic information system (GIS) database.
2. Coordinate and/or support the planning of (1) blueway and greenway connection and access point.

Objective 7: Work to assist conservation organizations with land and trail stewardship capacity.
Strategies:
1. Develop and make available a list of references and organizations that can assist with land and trail stewardship and make available on website.
2. Support municipalities, land trusts, and their partners to create and carry out stewardship/ management plans for existing greenways.

 

Greenways Updates: News & Events

Juno SB GPS Units with ArcPad 10 are available for use from the Eastern CT Resource Conservation and Development Area. The GPS Units are available for use, free of charge, by the municipal, regional, and non-profit community of the Eastern CT RC&D Area. The 3 Trimble Juno SB GPS units are equipped with ESRI ArcPad 10 software. The units were purchased to support trail documentation and data contribution to the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) CT State Trail Geodatabase. GPS Usage Policy & Sign Out Sheet (pdf)

*News* Seven projects that will benefit southeastern Connecticut's coastal areas are among those chosen to receive some of the $2.4 million in Long Island Sound improvement grants announced November 12, 2010. The Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2010 grant recipients were announced by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Area, partnering with the Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Coordinating Committee and the three towns of Salem, East Haddam and Lyme received a $37,046 grant to conduct stormwater mapping and planning. This project has a total cost of $75,972. Article from the Day (pdf) Eightmile Press Release (pdf) Article from the Norwich Bulletin (pdf)

LIS Grant 2010

From left to right: Margot Burns, Anthony Irving, Patricia Young

 

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