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Black Rock Sanctuary Interpretive Trail

Authors: John Spencer
This is a case study of the creation of an interpretive trail in Chester County. This project established over 27 acres of new wetlands, bringing the total wetland acreage to over 46 acres on the site.
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Case Study: Black Rock Sanctuary Establishing a Native Meadow

Authors: K. Owen Prusack
This is a case study of the conversion of 42 acres of the Black Rock Santcuary in Chester County into a native warm season grass meadow. It includes a step-by-step guide that Chester County Parks and Recreation used to transform the area from a silt repository into the meadow.
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Conservation Industrial Parks: Managing for Money Savings, Healthy Employees, and a Clean Environment

This information sheet provides ideas for converting traditional industrial park sites into conservation-oriented spaces using landscaping techniques, renewable energy, and other environmentally conscious design practices.
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Duff Park

Authors: Betsy Aiken
This is a case study of Duff Park, which came into being via a partnership between the state, Murrysville, multiple community organizations, and various individuals. The park now includes a nature preserve containing an important old-growth deciduous forest and five miles of trails.
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Economic Impact of Local Parks, Recreation and Open Space in Pennsylvania

A study of the direct and indirect impacts of outdoor recreation travel in Pennsylvania documents the substantial contribution of recreation activities to Pennsylvania’s economy. The study documented recreation related spending in excess of $4 billion which supported 84,120 jobs and generated $770 million in taxes.
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Emmaus Community Park Stream Restoration

Authors: Rebecca Hayden
This is a stream restoration case study that discusses re-grading the steep eroding stream banks, planting a native riparian buffer and establishing fish habitat improvement structures.
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Establishing Streamside Buffer Areas in Your Park or Community

2009
Authors: Kate Brandes
Organizations/Sources: Bushkill Stream Conservancy
This publication provides an overview of the benefits of buffer areas and then continues with a practical step-by-step planning guide. It also includes several case studies of successful streamside buffer projects
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Forest Stewardship: Our Link to the Past - Our Legacy to the Future

2014
This publication discusses private forest owners role in land stewardship, offering a look at the history of Pennsylvania's privately owned forest land and strategies for managing a healthy forest legacy for the future.
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Forest Stewardship: Sources of Information & Guidance for Forest Stewards

2013
This publication describes stewardship-related-services offered to private woodland owners by public agencies and private organizations in Pennsylvania.
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From Neat to Natural: Township Parks are getting a Green Makeover

2010
Authors: Jill Ercolino
This article published in PA Township News discusses the "green movement" initiative encouraging townships to put aside traditional park designs in favor of more natural settings. By using greener options, townships can protect landscapes, save time and money by minimizing upkeep, and still allow municipalities to provide places for sports, play, and other recreational activities.
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Nov 13, 2014
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Green Guide for Property Management

This publication is a guide to aid large property owner's with innovative green projects to reduce stormwater pollution. It contains stormwater management practices and site examples.
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Oct 29, 2014
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Green Principle for Park Development and Sustainability: Connect People to Nature

2011
This provides a brief summary of ideas found in the National “Sustainable Sites Initiative Standards and Guidelines Report” to encourage outdoor play in a park or natural environment.
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Groff’s Mill Park Streambank Restoration

Authors: John Munro
This is a case study of a streambank restoration project in Montgomery County utilizing bioengineering (bio-structural) design rather than "hard engineering" methods to prevent erosion.
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Nov 12, 2014
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Lardner’s Point Park Greenway Project

Authors: Carolyn Wallis
This case study of the Lardner’s Point Park project in Bucks County discusses the initial component of a new public greenway along the North Delaware riverfront and the collaborative efforts of local and state resources involved in the funding and planning of the project.
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Managing Natural Resources: A Guide for Municipal Commissions

2008
Authors: Bill Elmendorf
This publication is a guide to municipal land use planning. It covers topics that include tree commissions, public landscaping, stormwater management and reclamation of vacant lots.
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Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development

These model ordinances provide examples for municipal governments to use as tools to incorporate sustainable land-use practices into their regulations.
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Oct 22, 2014
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Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping

2003
This publication is an informational guide to native species appropriate for planting in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and adjacent coastal regions. It includes color photographs of the species, making it a user-friendly resource for landscape design.
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Pennsylvania’s Recreation Plan 2004 - 2008: Executive Summary

2004
This report was created to devise a plan to improve outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This Executive Summary was published in 2010.
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The Economic Impact of National Heritage Areas

2013
Organizations/Sources: Tripp Umbach
A Case Study Analysis of Six National Heritage Area Sites in the Northeast Region of the United States and Projections on the National Impact of All National Heritage Areas
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The Outdoor Recreation Economy Report

2012
Organizations/Sources: Outdoor Industry Association
This two page summary provides data from 2011 and 2012 that supports the significant beneficial economic impact of outdoor recreation to Pennsylvania's economy.
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Sep 22, 2015
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Trees in a Sustainable Community Park Setting: Enhancing Qality of Life for All

2008
Authors: Jessica Sprajcar
This article, published in Sylvan Communities magazine, provides a snapshot of the information found in the “Sustainable Community Parks” publication, with a specific focus on the use and benefits of native trees.
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