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.
A ‘Greenway’ is defined within the CT General Statutes under Section 23‐100 as a corridor of open space
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.
Cedar Lake - Chester, CT part of the Cockaponset – Menunketesuck Regional Greenway (Picture taken by LCRVCOG)
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.
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.
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.
1. Work with City of Hartford and Connecticut DEEP to transfer remaining project funds and
responsibility on South Branch Trail to City of Hartford.
2. Work with Connecticut DEEP to re-scope remaining funds on North Branch Trail and proceed
with creation of walking trail and outdoor classroom near Annie Fisher School.
Objective 4: Support connection of environmental justice populations to public services and
partner in the development of non motorized corridors.
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’s Community and Natural Resource Planning Program, the CT DEEP and
others to develop a model to assist communities with their greenway and open space mapping and
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.
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
2. Coordinate and/or support the planning of (1) blueway and greenway connection and access
Objective 7: Work to assist conservation organizations with land and trail stewardship capacity.
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)
Greenway Planning, Development and Stewardship - A Survey for Municipal Land Use Commissions and Land Trusts
Your answers to this simple survey will assist in answering the following questions and help us determine how we can best design our program to support your community greenway planning, construction, and stewardship efforts:
•How and why Connecticut municipalities are planning for greenways;
•What extent planned greenway areas are protected;
•Do those planning for greenways look beyond town and regional boundaries during the planning process;
•Where do those planning for municipal greenways look for information concerning other greenway locations; and
•What resources are needed to help plan, construct, and steward Connecticut's community greenways.
The Eastern CT Resource, Conservation & Development Program (RC&D) is partnering with CACIWC to increase the focus 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.
This first step, the survey, is to investigate potential open space and greenway linkages across municipal and regional boundaries, with a special focus on river corridors and watersheds.
Please use this link,to participate in this survey.
*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)
From left to right: Margot Burns, Anthony Irving, Patricia Young