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State Greenway Programs: An Analysis of State-Local Collaboration in Open Space Planning

Donna Erickson, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
Elizabeth Brabec, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
Richard Norton, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Professors Erickson, Brabec and Norton received funding through CLOSUP's Major Projects Program (FY 2004) to support this project on open space planning.

Abstract:
Connected greenway corridors provide one form of open space protection in urban and rural landscapes. This exploratory research asks whether state greenway programs are effective in greenway implementation locally. Objectives are to: 1) understand the varying nature of state-local greenway collaboration and 2) analyze how these differences affect landscape outcomes. The project will usae case study and spatial analysis research methods, examining greenway programs in Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. Products will include a preliminary typology of state greenway programs, and analyses that link to implementation theory. Findings will be disseminated through reports, web pages, conference presentations and scholarly activities.

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