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U.Va. Research Park Recognized For Outstanding Land Stewardship

Nov. 16, 1999 -- The University of Virginia’s 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.

The 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.

In a letter to U.Va. President John T. Casteen III, the Garden Club cited the research park’s "major tree transplanting program, which has captured the imagination of the state in its innovative vision of replicating the existing forest pattern. …The project shows that preservation and beautification can coexist harmoniously with development."

Earlier 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.

Contact: Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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