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U.S. Forest Service Natural Resources Conservation Service Agricultural Research Service Agriculture Marketing Service Departmental Administration Matt Arnn, USFS Bob Snieckus, NRCS Jamie Whitten Building Grounds Jamie Whitten Building Grounds Six acre site Current Landscaping :

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U.S. Forest ServiceNatural Resources Conservation ServiceAgricultural Research ServiceAgriculture Marketing ServiceDepartmental Administration

Matt Arnn, USFS

Bob Snieckus, NRCS

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Jamie Whitten Building Grounds

Six acre site

Current Landscaping :

Mix of mature & newly planted trees

Native and invasive shrubs

Sprawling ground covers and lawn

Planting beds (spring bulbs, annuals and cold weather bloomers)

Poor landscape plan

Heavy amount of asphalt paved parking areas

Outdated Landscape Contract


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$240k has been spent annually to maintain the grounds, including the use of 30,000 gallons of water.

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Goals of Sustainable Landscape Partnership including the use of 30,000 gallons of water.

Reduce Environmental Impacts

Demonstration site for sustainable landscaping

Learning opportunity for landscape contractors

Improve the appearance of USDA grounds

Showcase for other public institutions

Provide cost sharing opportunities for developing & implementing sustainable landscaping practices

Highlight the various missions of USDA


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Why integrate sustainable landscape practices to treat stormwater?

  • Better infiltration, pollutant removal, stabilization, habitat, reduced mowing costs, landscaping value (beautification)

  • Implementation of sustainable landscape practices has been limited - lack of collaboration among landscape architects and stormwater engineers

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12th street green street, portland oregon quality…and be beautiful.

Source: city of Portland

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www.fs.fed.us/recreation quality…and be beautiful.

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Participants quality…and be beautiful.

Casey Trees Endowment Fund

Low Impact Development Center

Alliance for Community Trees

National Mall Trust

Natural Resources Design

Morgan State University

University of Maryland

Catholic University

Prescott College

Virginia Tech

George Washington University

National Park Service

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Bureau of Land Management

U. S. Botanical Gardens

National Arboretum

D.C. Government

National Capital Planning Commission

American Society of Landscape Architects

Nation Arbor Day Foundation

Nature Conservancy

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16 quality…and be beautiful.

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Whitten Building Zones quality…and be beautiful.

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Northeast Zone quality…and be beautiful.

Rethink memorial grove

Engage children and visitors

Connect to the National Mall

Demonstrate USDA mission

Jefferson Drive and 12th Street


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Concept Plan quality…and be beautiful.

  • Reduce stormwater runoff with raingardens and bioretention practices.

  • Create new habitat with pollinator gardens.

  • Educate public with interpretive signage and interactive features.

  • Reduce maintenance costs with high performing native plants.

  • Feature USDA agencies with thematic elements and plants.

  • Improve the visual quality of the headquarters with improved landscapes.

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North/Northeast Concept Plan quality…and be beautiful.


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Since the Charrette… quality…and be beautiful.

Final report published in January 2008

Featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine, March 2008

Refining concepts with input from NCPC, Coalition to Save the Mall, US Botanic Garden and others

Beginning 106 (Historic Preservation) Review

Two rain gardens approved

Coop forestry proposed Independence Ave street tree restoration project

Networking continues (including planting commitments from Casey Trees)

Website: www.greening.usda.gov


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www.sustainablesites.org quality…and be beautiful.

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USDA Assistant Secretary: Boyd Rutherford quality…and be beautiful.