Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan
The Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan builds on previous planning work and will be developed through robust and collaborative engagement processes, enabling students, faculty and staff, alumni, Indigenous communities and community members to share their knowledge and ideas for the campus. Through this process, Trent aspires to set high standards for land use planning and developments that reflect leadership in environment science and studies, Indigenous engagement, and Indigenous environmental studies.
The Plan update will be conducted in two phases over a two-year period.
Phase 1 - Understanding the Land (September 2018 – July 2019)
Working with independent consultants Trent University will identify items of natural, cultural, traditional and archeological significance on the Symons campus. The consultants will conduct environmental studies and gather Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) on specific Endowment Land parcels. During this phase, the consulting team will:
- Identify areas that are significant from a natural heritage or cultural perspective. This will include identifying areas that may be considered for rehabilitation and restoration as well as areas or items of cultural significance (e.g., First Nations trail markers).
- Review natural heritage policies, including existing buffers and corridors identified in the Natural Areas Plan.
- Make recommendations on any changes to the boundaries of the Nature Areas based on the findings of the research, including new areas to be added, ensuring Trent’s commitment to designating 60% of the lands as nature areas, buffers and corridors. In this phase we will seek to engage students and faculty in data collection and analysis.
- Conduct in-depth environmental studies of ‘The Peninsula’ (land parcels labeled as 1A, B, E, F) and ‘north of Woodland Acres’ (land parcels labeled as 2C, D, E). The work includes completing four seasons of fieldwork to identify plants, breeding birds, amphibians, and bats.
- Meet with local First Nations to gather Indigenous Traditional Knowledge relating to the specific land parcels being studied.
- Prepare a map showing the “constraints” on these land parcels. Typically, constraints maps illustrate ‘no touch areas’ where no land use or programming should occur, areas where commemoration is needed, and areas where there are no known constraints to limit uses, programming or potential future development opportunities. The constraints mapping will be informed by the results of the fieldwork, natural heritage policy review, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge gathering, and inputs from the local and campus community.
Phase 2 - Planning Update (April 2019 – March 2020)
Guided by the results from Phase 1, the consulting team will provide guidance for stewardship of the Nature Areas, and recommend appropriate land uses on selected parcels to advance Trent’s vision of a sustainable and inspiring campus community, thoughtfully integrating the natural and built environments, with vibrant spaces to learn, innovate, be active and, live.
Specifically, the consulting team will:
- Given the findings of Phase 1 studies for The Peninsula and north of Woodland Acres, identify possible land uses and programming options that respect the constraints. Possible land uses and programming options will be informed by inputs from Indigenous People as well as the local and campus community.
- Recommend sites within the nature areas for teaching shelters, Indigenous plantings and other relevant uses identified through engagement.
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