State Conservation Plans

Connecticut Forest Action Plan
With close to 60% of its 3,179,254 acres of land in forest, Connecticut is one of the most heavily forested states in the nation. Ironically, Connecticut is also one of the most densely populated states. Connecticut‘s Statewide Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy is a guidance document meant for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection‘s Division of Forestry, and our forest conservation partners in academia, extension, non-profits, regional, municipal, and private landowners. Connecticut‘s forests and trees add immensely to the quality of life for the people of the state. They filter the air that is breathed, safeguard private and public drinking water sources, produce locally grown forest products, provide essential habitat for wildlife, and moderate summer and winter temperatures near homes. Whether people in Connecticut live in an urban, suburban, or rural setting, they are connected to the forest. Forests and trees are integral to the character of Connecticut. The Assessment and Strategy is required per the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, commonly referred to as the Farm Bill, which was enacted June 19, 2008. All States wishing to be eligible to receive direct financial assistance, apply for competitive grants, and accept other support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service through the Cooperative Forest Assistance Act (CFAA) must submit these reports by June 2010. State Assessments are intended to identify key forest-related issues and priorities to support development of the long-term State Strategies.

CTDEEP: The Green Plan, Guiding Land Acquisition and Protection in Connecticut
Historically, undeveloped open space was common in Connecticut and its preservation was not a public priority. As time passed, Connecticut, like the rest of the country, grew economically and its population increased. The development that had been concentrated in key areas, generally along waterways, spread out as roads were built and cars became the preferred mode of transportation. Suburban development replaced rural lands and today all of Connecticut is under increasing development pressure. Poorly controlled growth (also known as sprawl) has become a significant threat to open space as areas that used to be open, undeveloped or part of our agricultural heritage are being converted to other uses, primarily residential development. With careful planning, it is possible to have economic and population growth while protecting valuable open spaces. Connecticut’s citizens have both an opportunity and responsibility to decide the future of the State’s landscape by permanently protecting certain undeveloped areas as open space. This plan sets forth a strategy for approaching such significant decisions.

Connecticut Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is preparing the next Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The SCORP is a planning document that identifies and evaluates outdoor recreation resources and issues of statewide significance. As a plan that addresses everything from facility based recreation (such as baseball fields and swimming pools) to natural resource based recreation (such as hiking and canoeing), the SCORP provides unified guidance to state and municipal officials as they develop and expand outdoor recreation opportunities for their respective constituents.

Connecticut's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy
The DEP Wildlife Division has developed a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) for Connecticut. This will allow the Department and its partners to integrate the management of natural resources, build valuable partnerships, and support regional and national efforts to secure long-term funding for wildlife conservation. Connecticut's strategy identifies species of greatest conservation need and their affiliated habitats. The strategy also identifies the priority research needs and conservation actions needed to address problems facing these species and habitats.

Connecticut Recreational Trails Plan
The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) plan for recreational trails is detailed in Connecticut Recreational Trails Plan (PDF). This document is the DEEP's policy for the development and use of statewide recreational trails.

Conservation and Development Plan, State of Connecticut
In accordance with Sections 16a-24 through 16a-33 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is required to prepare a State plan of conservation and development on a recurring five-year cycle. The Plan serves as a statement of the development, resource management and public investment policies for the State. The Plan is used as a framework for evaluating plans and proposals submitted to OPM for review through mandated review processes.

State of Connecticut Green Ways Map
This State of Connecticut website lists all of the major Greenways and Trails in the State including a map that showing the Connecticut Greenways Council officially dedicated greenways.

DRAFT - The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Plan (CELCP)