DEEP and the Connecticut Greenways Council are soliciting nominations for official greenway designations through April 29. 2016.
Greenways are an integral part of any community, offering recreational opportunities, providing alternate transportation options, helping to preserve the environment, and supporting economic development. They can make a community a more attractive place to live by connecting living spaces with the environment, and they preserve history and cultivate town pride.
An official designation by the Greenways Council recognizes a greenway as an open space that not only meets the definition, but also enhances the community and is supported by local government initiatives.
Designated greenways, both for recreation and resource protection, will be listed in a subsequent revision of the State Plan of Conservation and Development and may receive increased consideration for a variety of grants. There are currently 75 designated greenways in Connecticut.
The deadline for the submission of the nomination form is April 29, 2016.
This month the Governor’s Greenways Council designated five new greenways in Connecticut, as well as commended nine individuals and a non-profit organization that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways.
The Council presented the following awards:
2014 CT Greenways Council Award Recipients:
2014 Officially Designated Greenways
Upper Farmington River in Canton – With this designation, the entire Farmington River in the Town of Canton is now an official Connecticut Greenway. This greenway encourages the protection of natural resources and promotes sustainable recreational uses in the corridor. The Town of Canton can be contacted for more information.
Lower Farmington River in Windsor and Bloomfield – This was a collaborative nomination between the two towns listed and the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA). The purpose of the designation is to promote the natural, recreational, and cultural resources of the Lower Farmington River. The goals for the Lower Farmington River Greenway are: Natural resource protection within and on both sides of the River; Encourage, enhance, and promote existing and new recreational opportunities along the River; Promote through education the inter-connections between cultural resources and the River. This greenway designation is also one of the management goals for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Management Plan, dated June 2011. For more information contact the FRWA. frwa.org
Mill Brook Greenway in Windsor - This was a collaborative nomination between the Town of Windsor and the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA). The purpose of the designation is to promote the natural, recreational, and cultural resources of Mill Brook. The goals for the Mill Brook Greenway are: Natural resource protection within and on both sides of the Brook; Encourage, enhance, and promote existing and new recreational opportunities along the Brook; Promote through education the inter-connections between cultural resources and the Brook; Continue and enhance collaborations with the Towns of Windsor, FRWA, and others for better coordination and planning for the Mill Brook Greenway. For more information contact the Town of Windsor.
Hanover Pond Linear Trail in Meriden - This is an extension of the previously designated Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail and Quinnipiac River Greenway. The Hanover Pond Trail is a ten-foot wide asphalt multi-use trail with the use of motorized vehicles prohibited. The paved trail has been constructed to adhere to A.D.A. (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements for handicapped accessibility. The trail sits on the railroad bed of the Meriden, Waterbury & Connecticut River Railroad (circa 1890’s) and provides scenic viewing areas from Meriden’s Red Bridge, at the entrance of the Quinnipiac River Gorge Linear Trail, to the Orville H. Platt High School. Contact the Meriden Linear Trail Advisory Committee for more information.www.meridenlineartrail.org
Upper Connecticut River in Windsor - This was a collaborative nomination between the Town of Windsor and the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA). The purpose of the designation is to promote the natural, recreational, and cultural resources of the Upper Connecticut River. The goals of the Upper Connecticut River Greenway are: Natural resource protection on the west side of the Connecticut River within Windsor; Encourage, enhance, and promote existing and new recreational opportunities along the River; Promote through education the inter-connections between cultural resources and the River. For more information contact the Town of Windsor.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Greenways Council are seeking nominations for official state greenway designations.
According to a press release from DEEP, an official designation by the Greenways Council recognizes a greenway as an open space that not only meets the definition of a greenway, but also enhances the community and is supported by local government initiatives. Greenways that are designated by the state will have the opportunity to receive increased consideration for a variety of grants.
The Greenways Council will evaluate all nominated greenways for consistency with designation criteria. Those selected for designation will be announced by the Greenways Council in conjunction with their National Trails Day event in June.
The deadline for submission of nominations is May 1, 2014.
There are currently 68 designated greenways in Connecticut.
For more information visit www.ct.gov/deep/greenways.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed Robert of New Haven to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
Klee currently serves as Chief of Staff at DEEP. In that role, he has been responsible for
supervising the operations of the agency while also serving as a key advisor to the Commissioner and senior staff on a wide number of environmental and energy policy issues handled by the department.
In a press release from the DEEP, Klee said, "I am honored to be nominated as Commissioner and it will be a privilege to serve the state of Connecticut in this capacity. Governor Malloy and Commissioner Esty have developed a forward-looking agenda for this agency that has made Connecticut a national leader in our approach to environmental and energy policy. I look forward to building upon their efforts and to implementing the many groundbreaking programs we have developed with the help of a dedicated DEEP staff, the legislature, the business community, and environmental and energy advocates.”
Prior to joining DEEP, Klee was an attorney with Wiggin and Dana, LLP, in New Haven, where he specialized in appellate work and energy and environmental law. He holds a law degree from Yale, a Ph.D. from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in industrial ecology, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton in geology and environmental science.
Klee will succeed Commissioner Daniel C. Esty, who recently announced he will be returning to Yale University after a three-year leave of absence from his tenured professorship at the school.
Bike Walk Connecticut's Executive Director Kelly Kennedy's Letter to the Editor in the Hartford Courant tells readers how much work Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Dan Esty did for the biking and walking community.
She adds that Bike Walk Connecticut hopes that Commissioner Esty's successor will also make active transportation a priority in Connecticut.
Read the Letter to the Editor here.
The CT DOT opened a access road to Naugatuck State Forest, adjacent to an active railroad line, in Beacon Falls on November 13.
According to a press release from the CT DOT, Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said, “This access road has been made much safer for hikers and others, with the addition of guiderail and fencing, as well as appropriate warning signs about the proximity of the railroad."
The access road is Cold Spring Road, and this section of the Naugatuck State Forest is known locally as High Rock Park. DOT forces installed more than 3,000 feet of guiderail at the site and erected 10 signs cautioning users to stay clear of the railroad tracks. The cost was about $16,000. The road was closed earlier this year because of safety concerns.
Connecticut DEEP is holding a community meeting tomorrow (September 25) to update residents on improvements to Sunrise State Park in Moodus.
DEEP staff, along with State Senator Art Linares, State Representative Melissa Ziobron, and First Selectman Mark Walter are seeking feedback from the community on what local residents would like see happen at Sunrise State Park. Alternatives being considered include preserving the property in its natural state for nature trails and passive recreation, or issuing a Request for Proposals to see what concepts private entities offer for the future use of the park.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Nathan Hale-Ray High School Auditorium, 15 School Drive, Moodus.
For further information contact Brenda Marquez in Connecticut’s State Parks Division at (860) 424-3497 or Brenda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shoreline Greenway Trail celebrated the opening of a walkway over a marsh at Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison on August 22.
When finished, the Shoreline Greenway Trail will extend 25 miles from Madison to Lighthouse Point in New Haven.
During the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said, "The Shoreline Greenway Trail will encourage others to get outside by providing a safe, scenic off-road alternative for bicyclists, walkers and runners through Hammonasset Beach State Park. Today's celebration of the "walkway" over a marsh, illustrates the importance of protecting Connecticut's natural resources while at the same time providing a trail system that will link 25 miles from Madison to New Haven, connecting communities, neighborhoods, shopping areas and parks, while boosting economic vitality all along the shoreline.
Shoreline Greenway Trail Chair, Chip Angle added, "We are deeply gratefully to Hammonasset Park personnel, DEEP staff, every contributor and the amazing team of volunteers who have come together to make this section of the trail possible. It is a major step forward for the Shoreline Greenway Trail."
Click here to see a news clip from WTNH News Channel 8.
On Tuesday, August 13, Tom Tyler, Director of the Connecticut State Parks & Public Outreach Division of DEEP, will discuss the Centennial Celebration of Connecticut State Parks at the Old State House in Hartford.
Tyler will discuss how a small group of businessmen and naturalists recognized a need to preserve Connecticut's special places from industrialization, formed the State Park Commission and began saving some of Connecticut's most beautiful places for public enjoyment.
Following Tyler's talk, he will be joined by Dr. Eugene Leach,
Professor Emeritus, Trinity College and Mary Rickel Pelletier, of the
Hartford Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission for a panel discussion
about parks, forests and amusement parks. Diane Smith, the Connecticut Network's Senior Producer for Program Development, will moderate the program.
The program starts at Noon and is free to attend.
Click here for more information.
The Hammonasset Beach State Park and the Shoreline Greenway Trail will celebrate the opening of the "walkway across the marsh" on Thursday, August 22. The walkway is the key link in the Hammonasset section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail.
Following a brief program, guests will be invited to walk across the walkway and explore the Shoreline Greenway Trail in the Park, or join the continuation of the State Park Centennial Sojourn, with a 21-mile bicycle ride to Farm River State Park in East Haven.
Click here for more information.
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