Description: This layer includes polygon features that depict protected open space for towns of the Protected Open Space Mapping (POSM) project, which is administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Land Aquisition and Management. Only parcels that meet the criteria of protected open space as defined in the POSM project are in this layer. Protected open space is defined as: (1) Land or interest in land acquired for the permanent protection of natural features of the state's landscape or essential habitat for endangered or threatened species; or (2) Land or an interest in land acquired to permanently support and sustain non-facility-based outdoor recreation, forestry and fishery activities, or other wildlife or natural resource conservation or preservation activities.
Protected Open Space was compiled as a result of the Protected Open Space Mapping (POSM) Project. The intent of this data is to provide attribute information that was collected at a specific time. The project began in 2005 and the data was collected over time. This dataset was last updated in 2011 but some data may be older. For current information, please contact the appropriate town.