Creating a Greenway: The Mohawk River Corridor

Oneida County, NY

Applied Expertise

  • Blueways and Greenways
  • Waterfronts
  • Public Involvement
  • Interpretive Planning
  • Policy Planning
  • Environmental Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Trails

OVERVIEW

The greenway is network of land, following the Mohawk River and Erie Canal, which preserves and highlights the unique environment of the river. The river has been altered over time to accommodate the canal. Preserving the last vestiges of the river’s natural character and establishing a network of land and public access through the corridor are the broad vision for the greenway. The purpose of the project was to develop a written plan to organize existing and future publicly held land within the corridor into a viable greenway.

The focus of the greenway plan was to establish a framework to protect and enhance natural features, natural processes and wildlife habitat, while providing opportunities for recreation and for appreciation of the area’s cultural and historical significance. Products included: a thorough inventory of the study area’s resources and connections to the greater region; summary of management and use issues, development of a Greenway Master Plan and illustration of potential development concepts, a land acquisition strategy, marketing concept/program, policy recommendations, implementation strategy and action plan and stewardship plan.