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PVRS Building  Resilient  Landscapes      

January 2012

Community Workshop  Responses How  PVRS  can  benefit  from  a   land  management  plan?

Pioneer Valley  Regional  School  rests  on  85   acres  of  beau?ful  forests,  meadows,  and   wetlands.  It  is  a  home  for  several   endangered  species.  The  landscape  holds   many  educa?onal  and  recrea?onal   opportuni?es  for  our  youth.  A  land   management  plan  will  steer  its  sustainable   future  through  three  goals: •  Locate  outdoor  recrea+onal  and  learning   opportuni+es  that  cul?vate  environmental   stewardship,  healthy  lifestyle  choices  and  evolving   work  op?ons.  

• Promote sustainable  land  use  prac+ces  

which foster  thriving  biodiversity,  raise  runoff  water   quality  and  habitat  vigor.

• Inves+gate community  partnerships  and   out-­‐of-­‐district  supporters  to  boldly  advance   resilient  landscape  design  and  implementa?on.

TAKE A HIKE! With us to discover the beautiful land at PVRS

Saturday, February 11, 2012 @ 9:00 AM We’ll meet at the entrance Questions? ask@future-lands.com

On December  1,  the  community  was  invited   to  give  input  that  would  inform  designs  in   the  land  management  plan.  Twenty-­‐six   community  members  including  6  of  Mrs.   Betsold’s  Global  Science  students  ac?vely   engaged  in  proving  valuable  input  that  would   inform  the  landscape  management  designs.   What  do  you  think  their  responses  mean?

Create Engaging  Des+na+ons   • • • • • •

Trail signs  -­‐  direc?onal  and  interpre?ve View  of  Connec?cut  River Places  to  sit  and  enjoy Boardwalks  through  wetlands,  con$nued... Green  roofed  pavilion  and  classrooms Viewing  plaXorm

Raise Water   Quality   • Capture  rainwater   from  roof • Install  rain  gardens • Install  grey  water   system • Replace  old  blacktop   with  pervious   pavement

Widen Community   Support  

PVRS rests  84  acres  of  forest,   wetlands,  and  fields.

• Green group/  club  to   provide  workforce • Community  service  at  each  grade     level Students   priori?ze  develop  projects • • Include  in  Northfield’s  Open  Space  &   Recrea$on  Plan

Localize Food  Security   • Community  Garden  and  greenhouse • Collabora?ve  school  and  community  efforts

Provide Open-­‐air  Educa+on   • Build  curriculum  to  use  unique  opportuni?es • Encourage  educa?onally  sound  and  crea?ve  use

Concerns? Who decides  what  gets  done? Who  manages  this?  Money?  Invasive  species  control?   What’s  realis?c?  Important?  Summer  management  ? Si?ng  of  photovoltaic  panels?

What does  this  mean  for     PVRS  land  management?  

• Clearly defined  des+na+ons  will  inspire   people  to  venture  onto  the  landscape  for   educa?on  and  recrea?on.  


• Runoff water  quality  should  be  near  the   top  of  the  designs  with  a  range  of   opportuni?es  to  address  this  issue.   • Community  support  requires   communica?on  and  opportunity  for  people   to  engage  on  the  land  in  posi?ve  and   products  ways.  Gardening,  trail  building,   invasive  plant  management  all  provide   sound  ways  for  this  to  occur.   • Many  forward  thinkers  believe  that   localized  food  security  will  be  key  as   communi?es  transi?on  into  a  new  era.  

Involving youth  in  food  produc?on  helps   direct  their  diets  toward  a  healthier   choices. • Open-­‐air  educa+on  beyond  athle?cs  and   the  sciences  will  require  innova?ve   des?na?ons  to  focus  learning.  All   disciplines  may  u?lize  the  abundance  of   educa?onal  opportuni?es  land  offers.  

What’s next?

Do you  have  ideas  you’d  like  to  add  about   this?    You  can  add  your  thoughts  and  view   the  slide  presenta?on  at  future-­‐lands.com/ blog    or  you  can  contact  John  by  email   ask@future-­‐lands.com  

PVRS Alternative Land Management Designs Public Input Workshop Thursday ,February 16 @ 6:30 PM

Value Summary Regenerates Forests & Native Habitat

Improves Water Quality

Builds Diversity

Preserves Natural Resources

Offers Educational Opportunities

Offers Recreational Opportunities

Rain Gardens

Pollinator Habitat

Perennial Edible Forest Gardens

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Potential Solutions

Community Gardens Managed Forests

Invasive management

Green Roof Trails, signs, map Green-Roof Outdoor Classroom

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Campus Highpoint Destination Photovoltaic System

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PVRS Community Input  

On December 1, 2011, I held a community meeting to present the project goals and begin gathering community priorities.