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Town uses Connect the Connecticut to show regional significance of local aquatic resources

The landscape conservation design for the Connecticut River watershed is helping bring attention to headwater habitat in Palmer, Massachusetts.
Town uses Connect the Connecticut to show regional significance of local aquatic resources

The ecological value of a parcel of land in Palmer, Mass., was reinforced by data from Connect the Connecticut.

For the municipal conservation agent in Palmer, Massachusetts -- a town at the confluence of four major rivers in the state -- the landscape conservation design for the Connecticut River watershed has provided justification for actions to protect cold-water habitat in an area of high ecological integrity for aquatic species.

Angela Panaccione used data from Connect the Connecticut to convince the Palmer Town Council to request special enabling legislation from the state senate to direct the transfer of a 92-acre parcel from MassDOT to the Palmer Conservation Commission. The resulting House Bill 4151 is working its way through the political process, but in the meantime, Panaccione is finding more ways to use the datasets and tools from Connect the Connecticut to advance her work.

Read her Testimonial on the Connect the Connecticut website. 

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