15-0202 v.21/Frick Environmental Center/Historic Landscape and Succession Requirements

QUESTION

The Environmental Center at Frick Park contains a variety of landscapes including meadowland, open woodland, dense woodlands, and wetland planting. Part of the Environmental Center's mission is to teach visitors about successional planting thus requiring the need for maintaining the current planting zones in perpetuity. The project team understands the intent of the imperative and are planning for natural landscape succession (from field to forest) in our woodland area. However, we only want to maintain the historic allee area, meadow and the open woodland edge in permanent states in order to allow for educational opportunities. These areas are most adjacent to the Center. The Limits to Growth requirement to use planting that supports succession directly conflicts with the Conservancy's environmental mission. What would be suggested to maintain compliance with this imperative? Or would it be possible to obtain an exemption on the basis that the purpose of our building requires this landscape to be maintained?

ANSWER

The statement "planted in such a way that emulates density and biodiversity of indigenous ecosystems and supports succession" is not meant to imply that all projects' sites must eventually revert to their original, pre-development state. The intent is for project sites to be native or naturalized systems which are maintained and supported in such a way that they move towards, rather than away from their more "natural" state. If landscaped areas are comprised of native or naturalized plants, they can be maintained as specific types of ecosystems for educational purposes.


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