- Develop a forest management plan
- Allow the field to undergo natural succession: $0 – $9,450
- Install the trails system and invest in educational materials:
- Trails: $13,500 – $99,000 (a very conservative estimate)
- Signs: $72 – $1350
Three Goals for this Plan
- Continue stewardship of the property’s natural spaces and vegetation
- Capitalize on the educational potential of the property’s natural spaces and vegetation (through nature trails, educational materials)
- Further integrate ecological food production into overall site management (permacultural reworking of garden/orchard)
Addressing Goal 1
- Survey of onsite flora
- We observed plant communities and identified approximate borders for each community
- We mapped plant communities with a GPS unit and this map became the basis for subsequent site analysis and further data collection
- We conducted a survey of all trees (DBH > 3 in.) in two major plant communities (lawn and maintained winged elm- dominated stands). We targeted these for the relative ease of data collection, and their prominence and importance within the landscape
- We conducted a survey of representative canopy trees in other major enclosed-canopy forest communities (areas deemed too large to sample comprehensively). In each stand, 10% of total stand area sampled, results extrapolated for approximation of overall stand composition.
- Vegetation management recommendations
Addressing Goal 2
- Used survey results to create
- Proposed trail network, with associated educational signs
- Educational maps and descriptive species index
Figure 4: Proposed trail with educational signposts (black) located at each community and stage of succession onsite.
Addressing Goal 3
- Created a detailed landscaping basemap (structures, building footprints, topography)
- Performed a permaculture-informed site analysis
Grant Opportunities for the Conservation Management Plan
- Cedar Tree Foundation awards grants in amounts up to $300,000 in the areas of environmental education, environmental health, and sustainable agriculture. They favor grant proposals that have strong environmental justice and/or conservation elements.
- The Conservation Fund Greenways Program provides seed grants to organizations working to expand trail and greenway networks.
- The North Carolina Adopt a Trail Program grants up to $5000 for new trail construction, trail side facilities, brochures, and media.
- The Rudolf Steiner Foundation Social Finance Seed Fund grants up to $5000 to new initiatives in the areas of food and agriculture, education and the arts, and environmental stewardship.
- Wallace Genetic Foundation awards grants of up to $40,000 in the areas of sustainable agriculture, protection of farmland near cities, plant genetic research, biodiversity protection, and environmental education and media.