20 December 2008

Connecticut Coastal Access

"With over 350 years of post-European settlement along Connecticut’s coast, nearly all of the state’s coastal lands have been subject to human use or occupation. Developed land now covers 51% of the area within Connecticut’s coastal boundary compared to 23% developed land cover statewide.

"Much of the remaining undeveloped land within Connecticut’s coastal area has also been influenced by past human activity (agriculture, forestry, recreation, etc.) that may have compromised its conservation value through, for example, introduced and invasive plant species that displace native vegetation and degrade wildlife habitat value. It is estimated that approximately 30% of Connecticut’s tidal wetlands have been filled and up to 90% may have been ditched or otherwise altered through human activity."

Link #1: Connecticut DEP Online Interactive Guide

Link #2: Connecticut Coastal Access Online

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