Town of Windham Funding Strategies

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Town of Windham Funding Strategies

  1. 1. TOWN OF WINDAM, CONNECTICUT: Federal, Regional, & Local Funding Strategies For Active and Passive Recreation A REPORT SUMMARY 2006 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT @ UCONN
  2. 2. <ul><li>EARLY ATTITUDES </li></ul><ul><li>All organized societies have some form of Environmental Planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PROSPECT REFUGE THEORY – continuing influence of humankind’s pre-agricultural relationship remains ingrained in the biological fabric of the human experience. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>19 th century environmental planning recently has provided a greater scientific understanding of the environments role in public health. </li></ul><ul><li>Societies may experience planning problems that result from the mismatches between land use and the environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial poor land use decisions – misconceptions about the environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental change – natural and human interjection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social change – technological change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Violations of human values – mistreatments of the environment </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. INITIAL POOR LAND USE DECISIONS Misconceptions about the environment
  4. 4. ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE Natural interjection Human interjection
  5. 5. SOCIAL CHANGE UConn’s Bio-diesel Program Technological change
  6. 6. Biodiesel Update Biodiesel pilot plant in EII is producing 50 gallons per batch Currently, the biodiesel is being brought to the motor pool and added to the existing diesel supply. Thus, all vehicles are operating on a minute fraction of biodiesel Future plans to expand UConn has been awarded an EPA grant to study the production and economic feasibility of biodiesel.  Farm Services would like to use biodiesel but cannot use anything greater than BR20 in the old machines they currently use.
  7. 7. VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN VALUES Mistreatment of the environment
  8. 8. <ul><li>Mark Paquette’s – Director of Recreation for the Town of Windham </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns and Interests for the future Windham : </li></ul><ul><li>How does the town of Windham better utilize town open space? </li></ul><ul><li>No Park Master plan exists to date </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural and high-density aspects to consider </li></ul>Designing without a specific program can be a challenge! This report provides information for possible funding sources for the town to apply for. It is up to LANDSCAPE ARCITIECTS find connections between the land and its future use for people. HERE ARE SOME POTENTIAL CONNECTIONS TO DRAW INSPIRATION FROM
  9. 11. THE LARGER PICTURE - Funding connections <ul><li>US Economic Development Administration – www.eda.gov </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Works and Economic Development Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Redevelop Brownfield sites and provide eco-industrial development </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University Center Economic Development Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>partnership between the Feds and academia to help make resources of universities available to economic development communities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ECSU & UCONN </li></ul></ul><ul><li>US Department of Transportation – www.dot.gov </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provides grants/funds to establish operate University Transportation Centers for research, education, technology to serve as a vital source for community leaders prepared to meet the nation’s need for safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of people and goods. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. THE LARGER PICTURE - Funding connections <ul><li>National Park Service – www.cr.nps.gov </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Historic Preservation Grant </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Revitalizing Rural America – website in full report 1.800.633.7701 FUNDING PROGRAMS FOR RURAL AREAS listed by FEDERAL DEPARTMENT
  11. 13. THE CONTEXTUAL PICTURE - Funding connections <ul><li>CT Department of Environmental Protection – www.dep.state.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program </li></ul><ul><li>Municipalities and non-profit land conservation organizations to acquire land for open space. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants may be for purchase of land that is: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Valuable for recreation, forestry, conservation of wildlife/natural resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. natural features of state’s landscape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3.Habitat for native plant /animal species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4. undisturbed outstanding example of native ecological community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5.enhancement/conservation of water quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6.preserving local agricultural heritage </li></ul></ul>Coincides with the Town of Windham’s Open Space Plan!!!!
  12. 14. THE CONTEXTUAL PICTURE - connections Windham Regional Council of Governments – www.wincog.org Serving 9 communities with the mission to plan for the future of the region, both physical and economic. Northeastern Connecticut council of Governments WINCOG often works with NCCGP to identify major strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of the region to encourage growth of business and industry while at the same time preserving unique rural character.
  13. 15. THE LOCAL PICTURE <ul><li>Windham Open Space Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Protect/improve water quality, water habitats/increase recreational access to water. </li></ul><ul><li>Create connections between existing open space, </li></ul><ul><li>recreational space, trails or greenways </li></ul><ul><li>Preserve and protect habitats that support special plant </li></ul><ul><li>or animal life especially those endangered or </li></ul><ul><li>threatened </li></ul><ul><li>Preserves farm land/forest land/ag land & rural character </li></ul><ul><li>Develops neighborhood parks, active recreational educational opportunities </li></ul>
  14. 16. THE LOCAL PICTURE – funding connections Trust for Public Lands – www.tpl.org National nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities . Willimantic Whitewater Partnership – www.willimanticwhitewater.org Willimantic River Alliance – www.willimanticriver.org
  15. 17. Willimantic River Alliance – www.willimanticriver.org
  16. 18. FIN Thank you

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