Connecticutâ€™s environmental agency recently drafted a new plan to guide the purchase and preservation of land along the coast.
About half of the land within one thousand feet of Connecticutâ€™s coast has already been converted to roads, buildings, lawns, and parking areas. What remains is often ecologically-sensitive and costly. The state depends on federal funding to acquire and protect it. In the past Connecticut has made purchases on an ad hoc basis as opportunities arise. But the new conservation plan identifies which habitat should be preserved with the idea that the state would seek that out and preserve it. David Kozak of the Department of Environmental protection helped write the plan
"What we're trying to do is conserve those coastal landscapes that we feel are underrepresented in Connecticutâ€™s existing system of protecting open space. Some of those landscape types include barrier beaches and dunes, fresh water tidal marshes, islands, coastal area grasslands, and even coastal forests."
The federal government now requires states to have a plan like this in order to be eligible for federal funding. The DEP is asking citizens to review and submit comments on the plan within the next four weeks.