Trent Lands - Fall 2018 Update
Trent University is embarking upon an update to the Trent Lands Plan, the campus master plan that guides stewardship of the nature areas, and appropriate uses for the endowment lands. This plan will be developed through a robust and transparent public engagement process. The planning will be conducted in two phases:
Phase 1 (September 2018- September 2019): taking an integrated ecosystem perspective, update the 2002 Trent Nature Areas Stewardship Plan and conduct environmental and archaeological studies on select endowment land parcels. This work will include identifying areas of natural significance on the campus including the location, type and status of wetlands and woodlands (as defined by provincial policy), related natural heritage features, as well as areas or items of archaeological or cultural significance.
Phase 2 (October 2019 – April 2020): guided by the results from phase 1, consider possible land uses, and parameters for such uses, to attain the broad goals of the Trent Lands Plan by providing guidance for stewardship of the Nature Areas and advancing thoughtful development of select parcels. Recommend what form, character and location might be appropriate for development with respect to identified environmental constraints and potential impacts on the surrounding lands and ecosystems.
To support the campus, indigenous community, and public engagement process, we intend to implement an extensive communication plan to advertise opportunities to participate in the planning, and to share feedback on how input influenced the final recommendations. The Trent Lands Plan website (trentu.ca/trentlandsplan), and social media (Twitter @trentlandsplan and Facebook page), as well as advertising and posters will be utilized. We will seek to involve faculty and students throughout the data collection and analysis process where feasible to promote engagement with the plan and maximize hands-on learning opportunities.
The Trent Lands Plan will guide the Board of Governors in their stewardship responsibility for nature areas, in leading thoughtful and appropriate development on endowment lands; and achieving the appropriate balance between these goals. The Plan will also assist the Facilities and Grounds Advisory Committee and Nature Areas Stewardship Advisory Committee in their advisory role for the nature areas; as well as support the University administration in their management of campus assets.
Further information will be posted in this location as available.
Questions can be directed to Alison Scholl, Manager Community Engagement and University Events (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Julie Davis, Vice-President, External Relations & Advancement (email@example.com)