Connecticut’s Open Space Plan is the state’s recognition that, no, nature cannot always take care of itself, especially in the unpredictable flux of land development in the Northeast. The new legislation will help the state meet its goal of extending open space protections to 673,210 acres — 21 percent of the state’s area — by 2023. Its intent is to bring the same critical focus and strategic planning to open space protection that is typically given to land development. It calls for integrating open space acquisitions with existing environmental priorities of preserving critical wildlife habitats and ecological systems so we can consider and address the safe and efficient flow and operation of natural systems and wildlife as we might develop infrastructure and transportation systems. The law also calls for the establishment of a voluntary statewide catalog to keep track of all conserved open space parcels whether they be held and administered by municipal, state, federal, or private entities.
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