Research Park Recognized For Outstanding Land Stewardship
Nov. 16, 1999 -- The University of Virginias
North Fork Research Park has been recognized by the Garden Club
of Virginia for its efforts to preserve the natural landscape in
its development of the park.
University was presented the Elizabeth Cabell Dugdale Award, given
annually to organizations, foundations, or individuals who practice
the principles of conservation, at the 41st Annual Conservation
Forum of the Garden Club of Virginia in late October.
a letter to U.Va. President John T. Casteen III, the Garden Club
cited the research parks "major tree transplanting program,
which has captured the imagination of the state in its innovative
vision of replicating the existing forest pattern.
shows that preservation and beautification can coexist harmoniously
this year, 3,000 trees were transplanted from building sites at
the park to landscape Lewis & Clark Boulevard, the main entry
road. Other environmentally sensitive practices at the park include
minimizing mowed grass areas and planting indigenous species of
plants to reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides. In addition,
almost 40 percent of the 562-acre park will remain undeveloped and
be allowed to revert to a natural preserve.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298