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Strategies for Conserving the Natural and ... - Fauquier County

Strategies for Conserving the Natural and ... - Fauquier County

This is a report

This is a report prepared by students in the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. This work was supported by the Green Infrastructure Center Inc. Printed December 15, 2012 This report may be reproduced without permission in its entirety. Anyone interested in receiving the class college curriculum guide used to create this report, can contact the instructor Karen Firehock. Any comments about this report or other requests may be emailed to the instructor karenfirehock@virginia.edu. ii

INTRODUCTION Green infrastructure is the interconnected network of waterways, wetlands, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and other natural areas that support native species, clean water and contribute to community health and quality of life. Just as localities plan for grey infrastructure, they also need to take care of their green infrastructure to create healthful places for residents and businesses. For example, forests help to filter and absorb rainfall thereby reducing flooding frequency while also protecting streams and facilitating the recharge of groundwater supplies. Green infrastructure planning is a framework for assessing and valuing these environmental assets. This report was prepared by students in an applied planning class titled Green Lands at the University of Virginia (UVa). This project is a collaborative partnership between Fauquier County, the Green Infrastructure Center and UVa. It was funded by the Virginia Department of Forestry. Students proposed strategies for protecting environmental assets and landscape-influenced cultural resources. Students worked in teams to evaluate recreation and open space, water resources, culture and history, and working lands such as forests and farms. To create this report, student teams conducted research, utilized natural resource models and the county's spatial data sets. They also held two reviews with county staff. Students who contributed to this report: Jasmine Amanin Corbin Brooks Laura Burden Jae Won Ha Bergen Hubert Clay Kerchof You Li iii Suzanne Matyas Abbey Ness Candace Pearson Demi Skipper Matthew West Luhan Zhou Each section of this report contains goals, objectives, resources and examples. Summaries of these goals are found on page 1. Students consulted the County's Comprehensive Plan (May 10, 2012) and utilized existing goals whenever possible. The plan is referenced as "CP" along with the corresponding page number. If there was no relevant goal within the county's current Comprehensive Plan, students wrote a new or modified goal. Fauquier County is encouraged to make use of the ideas, case studies and references within this report to maintain the county’s quality of life and conserve its rural heritage appreciated by both long time and newer residents. Data and recommendations in this report can be used to improve and expand the comprehensive plan update. We wish to thank the funders of this report who provided staffing, printing and travel support.

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