We have used maps over the years to help us learn about the natural and cultural resources in our region. We’re planning to initiate a regional strategic conservation planning process in 2015.
Draft maps for Fairfield County:
- areas of large forest blocks (>75 acres),
- areas of relatively high resilience to climate change,
- water and protected open space,
- ecological values
A brochure and case statement for the partnership’s 10-town northern region (this was before the FCRCP grew to include all of the land trusts and municipal commissions in Fairfield County).
We developed a strategic regional conservation vision map for a 10-town region with the assistance of Harvard Forest biologist and geographic information systems (GIS) specialist Brian Hall.
AWoodland Study was developed by Highstead Conservation Interns, Emily Silver and Eva Weyers. The maps they created (below) show us that there are large intact forest blocks in our region and that they are not all protected from development: