16 December 2014
Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation Director Jason Smith has been working with Walter Hussy of Rivanna Master Naturalists; Will Shaw of the Department of Public Works; and representatives from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, John Thompson of the Cooperative Extension Service; and the Department of Forestry to develop a plan that lets nature take its course.
“We have a perfect opportunity at Pleasant Grove – the gem of Fluvanna County – to put this region’s natural history on display,” said Smith. “We are trying to perfect what nature gave to us.” Nature trails will wind through the meadows and the forests of Pleasant Grove, giving visitors a chance to experience different habitats and perhaps encounter wildlife.
Part of the plan included planting borders of wildlife-friendly trees in hedgerows around the meadows. All of the hedgerows will connect back to existing forest, giving wildlife an avenue to travel through and around the meadows. These trees were purchased with a $2,250 grant from the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, which was sought and won by the Office of Public Works under Will Shaw. “The grants supplied us some native trees and shrubs that are both food and covering species bordering hedgerows,” said Shaw. Because of the grant, and the willingness of non-profits and other agencies to work together, Fluvanna County has not had to contribute money to the program. In fact, the county may end up saving money, since the fields will no longer need to be maintained.
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