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Greening Stockton. Suggestions from Jamie. LANDSCAPING. Do not mulch native species that are drought tolerant. Mulch should never be piled up around the bases of plants; do not bury any plantings in mulch hills. “Do not place mulch within 3 inches of trunks or stems”

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Greening stockton

Greening Stockton

Suggestions from Jamie



Do not mulch native species that are drought tolerant. Mulch should never be piled up around the bases of plants; do not bury any plantings in mulch hills.

  • “Do not place mulch within 3 inches of trunks or stems”

  • Housing V Reforestation Plan

  • 2 July 2007


Do not injure trees by hitting them with lawn mowers and string trimmers

Locust near A&S damaged by lawn maintenance


Don t prune shrubs before they fruit and birds have a chance to feed
Don’t prune shrubs before they fruit and birds have a chance to feed

9/24/08

“Today the maintenance department flat top pruned the cranberrybush viburnums.  This is a large shrub that grows 8-12 feet tall, it has a vase shaped habit.  Where it is planted, there is no reason to prune it.   Removing dead branches is the most maintenance should do.

This viburnum has red to purple fall colored foliage and berries that are eaten by birds.  Both are all gone. “




Leave an unmowed buffer along all woodland edges
Leave an fields by 50%unmowed buffer along all woodland edges



Replace erosion areas and selected other lawn areas with xeriscaping (as seen at Burlington Co. College, Pemberton)



Discontinue mowing under trees, except for footpaths; where necessary, replace with xeriscaping or native shrubs, etc.


No mow zone signs should be created and put in place to explain the areas to those unfamiliar with this approach


Reduce maintenance
Reduce maintenance explain the areas to those unfamiliar with this approach

  • Cut lawns at 4 inch height or higher; mow as needed only, not on a schedule

  • Do not mow any non-turf areas (old fields, etc.) except in winter, preferably every 2-3 years

  • End use of string trimmers and leaf blowers, except for clearing paved surfaces; use mulching mowers

  • End use of herbicides, except to control invasive species

  • Reduce fertilizer by 75% (reduce lawn area 50%; cut application on remaining lawns by 50%)


Develop and implement a forest management plan
Develop and implement a forest management plan explain the areas to those unfamiliar with this approach

Restore open, savanna type habitats


Identify and protect specimen trees
Identify and protect specimen trees explain the areas to those unfamiliar with this approach


Enhance wildlife habitat
Enhance wildlife habitat explain the areas to those unfamiliar with this approach

  • Snags, fallen logs, brush piles, etc.

  • Nest boxes, etc.

  • Shelter boards for reptiles and amphibians


End further expansion of roads etc into woodlands
End further expansion of roads, etc. into woodlands explain the areas to those unfamiliar with this approach


Restore native species in woodlands and along powerline
Restore native species in woodlands and along powerline explain the areas to those unfamiliar with this approach


Maintain a diversity of stand types, successional stages (especially brushy open fields) and plant species, upland and lowland


Keep fire breaks, trails and access roads out of special habitats, like vernal ponds; remove those that exist


Preserve all existing natural vegetation within the current campus footprint; build only on already cleared areas


For all future development , maximize preservation of natural vegetation in building sites outside the existing footprint


Reconnect campus landscape to native vegetation and biodiversity
Reconnect campus landscape to native vegetation and biodiversity

  • Create a gradient of native vegetation between forest edges and turf areas

  • Restore margins of lakes and ponds to native vegetation; restrict fishing and other uses to dikes and managed access points


In planting garden areas around buildings attempt to provide examples of native plant communities
In planting garden areas around buildings, attempt to provide examples of native plant communities

  • Try to arrange plantings to resemble natural communities; use NatureServe and other references for guidance

  • Encourage efforts to cultivate native species not available commercially

  • Have soil conditions that resemble natural conditions


Favor showy and useful native species, preferably those considered native to the Pine Barrens by Witmer Stone, the Plants of Southern New Jersey


Remove invasive species from streams old fields and other succession areas
Remove invasive species from streams, old fields and other succession areas

  • autumn (Russian) olive

  • multiflora rose

  • wisteria

  • Eurasian bittersweet

  • water starwort

  • Phragmites

  • etc.


Enhance plant and animal diversity
Enhance plant and animal diversity succession areas

  • Replace “golf course” with native vegetation; golfers can go to commercial establishments and pay the cost of maintaining the lawns

  • Discontinue plantings to encourage deer (they don’t need it) replace fields of non-native grasses, etc. with restored native field vegetation

  • In choosing native landscape plantings, favor those that provide resources for insects and birds

  • Do not use insecticides, except single application BT for gypsy moth control


Construct safe crossing for footpath over morse s mill stream
Construct safe crossing for succession areasfootpath over Morse’s Mill Stream





Eliminate light pollution
Eliminate light pollution succession areas







Eliminate the fire hose discharge from the cooling tower, or find a way to diffuse the discharge to stop the gully erosion. Eliminate or fix all similar discharges


Immediately ban parking on unpaved roadsides and in woods
Immediately ban parking on unpaved roadsides and in woods find a way to diffuse the discharge to stop the gully erosion. Eliminate or fix all similar discharges


Limit extent of vehicle traffic on unpaved areas
Limit extent of vehicle traffic on unpaved areas find a way to diffuse the discharge to stop the gully erosion. Eliminate or fix all similar discharges



Fix the overland flows around Housing I by restoring native vegetation or planting absorptive landscaping


Install paved turnarounds and emergency pull offs to eliminate stopping on vegetated roadsides
Install paved turnarounds and emergency pull offs to eliminate stopping on vegetated roadsides


Restore native vegetation or install absorptive landscaping in stormwater basins that currently hold water for over two days, or that have outflows directly into wetlands


Eliminate soil compaction before planting
Eliminate soil compaction before planting in stormwater basins that currently hold water for over two days, or that have outflows directly into wetlands






Eliminate concrete trench along College Walk and similar outdated drainage ways; replace with absorptive landscaping (rain gardens, etc.)


Remove the curbing on the main lots and find a way to send stormwater as sheet flow into the adjacent wooded strips, after restoring permeability



Innovative goals
Innovative goals stormwater into wetlands

  • Use natural vegetation of the uplands as much as possible to absorb stormwater

  • Where needed, restore such vegetation or some combination of effective native species (absorptive landscaping)

  • Use plants to keep soil permeable

  • Let plant roots, soil bacteria, etc. remove/immobilize pollutants as much as possible



Avoid costly engineered solutions, especially those involving importation of materials and excavations – let our plants and soils do what they do naturally and for free


Focus engineering on getting the stormwater to the vegetation with as little concentration and as little pollution as possible


Make sure engineered solutions are BMPs (best management practices) and are sustainable and support maximum possible native biodiversity


Once direct stormwater discharge is eliminated, remove sediment deltas from Lake Fred, vernal ponds, wetlands, etc.


Replace lots with parking garages
Replace lots with parking garages sediment deltas from Lake Fred, vernal ponds, wetlands, etc.


Eliminate the big ditch
Eliminate the big ditch sediment deltas from Lake Fred, vernal ponds, wetlands, etc.


Education
EDUCATION sediment deltas from Lake Fred, vernal ponds, wetlands, etc.

  • For all construction and landscaping projects, etc. explicitly include environmental educational values

  • Design for education activities

  • Encourage experimental approaches to landscaping (and stormwater, to the extent permitted). Monitor all installations for effectiveness in meeting environmental goals


Commit to keeping the campus a viable place for environmental research, including research on natural ecosystems


Education1
EDUCATION environmental research, including research on natural ecosystems

  • Encourage public access for study and contemplation of the natural environment

  • Develop campus guides and a website on campus ecology and biodiversity


Process
PROCESS environmental research, including research on natural ecosystems

  • Make as much use as possible of Stockton classes to research, design, install and monitor projects, in close cooperation with Campus Planning and Campus Operations

  • Maintain a completely open process on all projects, giving all students and faculty interested the chance to be involved from the beginning.

  • Make all plans, preliminary and final, available for use in the GIS lab


Process cont
PROCESS, CONT. environmental research, including research on natural ecosystems

  • Make all consulting studies available for class and research use as soon as they are submitted, including preliminary reports

  • Keep files on applications to public agencies open at all stages for review by faculty and students

  • Keep faculty and students informed of the results of all environmental inspections, etc.


Is stockton currently in violation of any requirements for instance air pollution standards
Is Stockton currently in violation of any requirements? For instance, air pollution standards?

  • Site ID 70188 Air Violations pending $3800 assessed


No idling
NO IDLING! instance, air pollution standards

  • Educate all staff, faculty, students on “no idling” law

  • Post “No idling” signs



Never, ever “greenwash” any aspect of our College environment in publications, promotions, etc.


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