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What is a sustainable landscape and how can it save you time and money? Check this out to find out.

What is a sustainable landscape and how can it save you time and money? Check this out to find out.


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  • This is a photo of riparian restoration at Emmaus Community Park (courtesy of Rebecca Hayden)
  • Photo on right – Emmaus Park before streambank restoration (courtesy of Rebecca Hayden) Photo on left – Ole Bull State Park (courtesy of Burtt Ellsworth)
  • Photo on top right courtesy of Owen Prusack, Chester County Parks. Warm season grass meadow after prescribed burn.
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    • 1. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY PARKS PRPS Annual Conference 2007 Jessica Sprajcar – Office of Conservation Science Sara Nicholas – Wild Resource Conservation Program How to Enhance Natural Resources While Promoting Outdoor Recreation
    • 2. THE DOCUMENT
      • Chapter 1: A Need for Change
      • Chapter 2: Components of a Sustainable Community Park (SCP)
      • Chapter 3: Designing a SCP
      • Chapter 4: Maintaining a SCP
      • Chapter 5: Education and Awareness
      • Chapter 6: Case Studies
      • Appendices: Resources
    • 3.
      • Local government officials with authority to create new, and enhance existing, parks
      • State, county, and local park staff charged with design and maintenance functions
      • DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation grant review staff
      THE AUDIENCE
    • 4. IS THERE A NEED FOR CHANGE?!
    • 5. TRADITIONAL PARKS
      • Turf dominated
      • Maintenance intensive
      • Active recreation-focused
      • Little habitat value
      • Low biodiversity
      • Minimal environmental protections
    • 6. A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING Warwick County Park – Chester County, PA
    • 7.
      • Lower crime rates
      • Stronger social ties
      • Numerous health benefits
      • Children are better behaved and more open to learning
      • Numerous environmental benefits
      • Attractive to new businesses and tourists
      POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF SCP
    • 8. ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS
      • Cleans pollution from the air, land, and water
      • Helps prevent flooding and erosion
      • Creates wildlife habitat
      • Promotes biodiversity
    • 9. COMPONENTS OF SCP
      • Enhance wildlife habitat
      • Conserve and protect water resources
          • Minimize water use
          • Enhance riparian buffers
          • Protect wetlands
          • Design natural stormwater management
          • Minimize turf and pavement
          • Reduce the use of chemicals
      • Use native plants and remove invasives
    • 10. HOW TO ENHANCE HABITAT
      • Provide the four basic wildlife needs: food, water, cover, & space
          • Use native plants with edible seeds, berries, nectar
          • Only remove snags when they pose a safety hazard
          • Create brush piles
          • Maximize connectivity between natural habitats
    • 11. HOW TO PROTECT WATER RESOURCES
      • Minimize use – low-flow toilets, automatic shut-off faucets, soaker hoses, drought-resistant native plants, etc.
      • Plant riparian buffers around water bodies
      • Use native plant swales and rain gardens to treat stormwater naturally
    • 12.
      • Replace some turf areas with native plants
      • Replace some impermeable surfaces with porous pavement, mulch, gravel, etc.
      • Reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, treated lumber, etc.
      HOW TO PROTECT WATER RESOURCES, cont.
    • 13. HOW TO PLANT NATIVES
      • You must know the site conditions before picking the plants:
          • Soil pH
          • Slope
          • Soil moisture levels
          • Hardiness zone
          • Light levels
      • Then you must know the correct time of year to plant ( depends on species )
    • 14. NATIVE PLANT RESOURCES
      • PA Native Plant Society, www.pawildflower.org
      • Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping , US FWS
      • Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, www.bhwp.org
      • The Plants of Pennsylvania by Ann Rhoads
      • Ernst Conservation Seeds, www.ernstseed.com
    • 15. HOW TO MANAGE INVASIVES
      • Know how to identify the invasives in your area
      • Clean equipment and vehicles before leaving an infestation
      • Choose the appropriate control method(s) for the given species
      • Monitor and repeat as necessary
    • 16. INVASIVE RESOURCES
      • DCNR Tutorial for Land Managers, www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/invasivetutorial/index.htm
      • Governor’s Invasive Species Council, www.agriculture.state.pa.us/agriculture/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=139310
      • The Nature Conservancy Invasive Info, http://tncweeds.ucdavis.edu/index.html
    • 17. “MAINTAINING NATURE”
      • Soil Composition
          • Fertilizing
          • Composting
          • Mulching
      • Water Use
      • Grass Maintenance
          • Types
          • Mowing and burning
    • 18.
      • Reduced mowing will take away maintenance jobs
      • Invasive species are too established to manage
      • Park visitors will think it looks unkempt and unattractive
      MAINTENANCE MYTHS
    • 19. EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
      • Sustainable Community Parks may require people to reconsider what they think a park is supposed to look like, therefore:
        • Create educational materials and programs to inform them of the benefits of SCP
        • Develop volunteer programs to get the public involved
        • Train staff on the design and maintenance difference
    • 20. OTHER RESOURCES
      • Audubon at Home, www.audubon.org/bird/at_home/
      • Backyard Conservation, www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/backyard
      • City Parks Forum, www.planning.org/cpf
      • Community Wildlife Habitat Program, www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat/community.cfm
      • Nature Friendly Tools, www.naturefriendlytools.org
    • 21.
      • Local parks can promote nature and community quality of life if they:
        • Include the management of biodiversity when managing for recreation;
        • Ensure that future construction, facility siting, and maintenance practices protect natural resources;
        • And educate and partner with local community groups, state agencies, and the public.
      SUMMARY
    • 22. ANY QUESTIONS?
      • Jessica Sprajcar,
      • Program Analyst for DCNR
      • 717-214-7511
      • [email_address]