A critical component to this process is not to rely entirely on state legislation and financing for these efforts. The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Act takes natural resource protection to the next level by educating and engaging the millions of people who live in the Connecticut River watershed to act more responsibly. The efforts of the National Fish and Wildlife Service should be complimented at the state level with additional public education and a unified approach to natural resource protection efforts at every level of management in the state. State legislation resembling that of Massachusetts for river and stream buffers would provide for the state a means to greatly enhance natural resource protection and a forum to educate residents about their environment.
The magnitude of these proposals
added to what is currently protected is significant. It is important
to note that some of the acreage listed in the table below is
inclusive of other acreage that is currently protected or proposed
protections in the state. However, the bottom line is that with
these protections in place, natural resource protection in the
state of Connecticut will encompass more than one third of the
entire state or in excess of one million acres.
Proposals by Others