Last week a colleague and I met with one of the academic deans to discuss our proposal to reclaim a piece of land owned by the school that is mowed and sprayed and nothing else. The feedback we received has us going in a very positive direction. One suggestion she gave us was to have a "phase one" plan to our proposal that asks for a small part of the property as a sort of test for the eventual large scale project. She said the administration would be more likely to try small before they go big.
The question now is what small piece would we want to ask for and what would we do with it. I'm thinking that the area north of the block of trees would be a good place to start. That little splotch that looks like a dirty thumbnail print is actually a giant puddle. I would like to dig the puddle out and convert it into a pond so we can attract more wildlife and also so we have access to water. Access to water is big.
Beyond that, I'm not quite sure where to go. I think it's one of those cases where there are so many possibilities that it's hard to pick just one. We do have a list of wants/wishes:
- a community garden
- bird sanctuary