Land Conservation

This section refers to land conservation, energy conservation, and their interface with development within our region.

Greenways & Recreation

Ives Trail Greenway

ivestrailsceneWestCOG is pleased to provide web hosting for the Ives Trail. The City of Danbury Connecticut led the development of the Ives Trail Greenway, a regional trail that links open spaces in Bethel, Danbury, Redding and Ridgefield, Connecticut. Web page


Norwalk Island Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2009

Final Kayak brochure7-2-2009-revisedThe Norwalk Island Kayak Guide was recently updated by the Fairfield County Convention and Visitors Bureau, with assistance from a number of local paddlers and boat shops. The updated guide features a revised trail map with an additional launch on the Saugatuck River, new graphics, expanded information on the Norwalk Islands, and boater safety. The original SWRPA guide is also available with the original routes and artwork.


Still River Greenway Management Plan for Northern Brookfield & Southern New Milford, 2007

Still River Greenway ReportThis recreational planning report provides a planned alignment for the Still River Greenway. The Greenway can now be constructed in accordance with this plan.

Final Report


Housatonic Valley Greenway & River Trail Management Plan, 2006

Housatonic Valley Greenway And River Trail Management PlanA regional guide for coordinating the planning, design and funding of paddling facilities and riverside trails along the Still River and Housatonic River.

Final Report

Tree Census

WestCOG recently won a grant to perform a Tree Census analysis to calculate the number of trees within the region, their net benefits to the region, potential sites for additional trees, their potential benefits, and finally a detailed City Tree Plan. Funding for the project comes from DEEP’s America the Beautiful Grant Program.

Open Space Inventory

South Western Region Open Space Inventory, 2007


The purpose of the study is to develop a detailed inventory of preserved open space parcels in Connecticut’s South Western Region and to promote best practices in open space acquisition and stewardship.

Final Report

Analysis of Open Space Conservation Subdivisions, 2003


The purpose of this analysis is to investigate the reality and desirability of using Open Space Conservation (OSC) subdivisions as a means of protecting significant amounts of open space, to help preserve Newtown’s rural community character and to conserve the Town’s natural resources.

Final Report

Conservation Partnerships

WestCOG works closely with the Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership (FCRCP) and the Hudson to Housatonic (H2H). Both are regional conservation entities which span into our WestCOG region. As a partner WestCOG helps to facilitate land conservation efforts through planning, GIS, and analytical support.

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