HOME & LANDOWNER PROGRAMS
Are you looking to make your backyard a conservation haven?
The Land Conservancy offers multiple opportunities to learn how to make your land a wonderful place for native plants, wildlife, migrating birds and insects, and biodiversity! Check out our program offerings below.
Community Based Land Stewardship
The Community Based Land Stewardship (CBLS) initiative is a unique program that aims to promote environmentally beneficial and sustainable land management practices in landscapes of all types, sizes and uses. From residential yards, to commercial and industrial sites, to undeveloped areas and parkland, CBLS seeks to maintain and improve the overall natural and developed spaces of Kennett Township. For centuries, the local land has been proudly managed for essential needs such as food production as well as aesthetic and recreational uses. These long-term factors contributed to the disturbance of soil, introduction of non-native plant species, and changes in the overall ecosystem balance that make comprehensive, coordinated and active stewardship necessary to restore and support the health of local environment.
The benefits of stewardship include:
Protection of the quality and quantity of groundwater
Reduction of flooding and streambank erosion
Appropriate habitat for native wildlife and flora
Healthy, attractive lands surrounding our homes, work and recreation
Join CBLS for a Garden Discussion Group!
February's meeting discussed gardening for birds and March will discuss how plants help infiltrate rain water.
Led by Kathryn Pearlstine Freilich,
TLC Community-based Land Stewardship Coordinator
Ecological Gardening Certificate from Mt. Cuba Center
Thursday, May 13th, 7pm (Zoom meeting)
Focus Topic: Home Yard Management
This program will address managing your yard for both aesthetic appeal and ecological health. We will discuss some commonly held misconceptions and current recommendations on tasks such as tree mulching, lawn care, seasonal maintenance, and landscape plant selection.
TLC Members - FREE
Non-members - $15
CLIP - Conservation Land Improvement Program
The Conservation Land Improvement Program (CLIP) was created as a way to offer TLC’s land management expertise to the region. CLIP assists landowners of Southern Chester County to become better stewards of their own properties by working with them to improve the ecological significance of their land and include sustainable practices through consulting, planning, and even management.
Backyard by backyard, individual efforts toward ecologically sensitive stewardship really do add up. Over time we can create a watershed of change in the way we manage our own properties. TLC’s hope is to assist landowners’ in creating their vision for their land in a way that supports native flora and fauna while providing assets for the community.
Our approach to land management is holistic and comprehensive. We manage our own properties for native plant restorations, habitat diversity, low impact landscaping, and we want to help you do the same in your own backyard. We can help you to better understand how to manage your own natural lands or help guide you in naturalizing your suburban backyard. We also create trail maps for you with GPS trail mapping services.
Please review our CLIP services below for a plan that best suits your needs. The fee helps support your needs as a better steward of your land while also supporting the ongoing mission of The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County.
Email Tim Zador today or call (484) 986-5193.
We offer consultations of your property, large and small, as a Landscape Visionaries session. Landscape Visionaries assists landowners in making choices to create an ecologically diverse niche in their backyard. The Landscape Visionaries features a walk and talk of your property with a TLC staff member to assess your goals, evaluate your property, and make recommendations to achieve your vision. A LV session often involves conversations about invasive species, wildlife habitat, plant biodiversity, and identification. A hand written report will be mailed to you.
Individual LV session: $150
LAND MANAGEMENT PLANNING
In addition to Landscape Visionaries, TLC offers Land Management Planning to provide you an in depth customized manual for stewarding your land. Management plans help formulate a multi-faceted strategy in restoring your open space to healthier natural lands. This longer-term report will include flood plain mapping, soils data, address invasive species, highlight key action in promoting biodiversity, and provide management and maintenance solutions for your property. Depending on the natural resources of the property additional consulting by outside experts may be required.
Beginning at $250 for individual landowners and $750 for HOA’s or properties over 25 acres.
A full plant inventory can be included for additional cost.
Click here to purchase a Management Plan for your property:
TLC can offer hands-on management and assistance in implementing Best Management Practices on your land. We do small scale brush mowing, non-chemical invasive species control, natural trail installation and maintenance, native shrub and tree plantings, and GIS map creation. Additional services may be available depending on your project goals. This service often begins with a Landscape Visionaries session then evolves into fulfilling the goals of the landowner through hands-on project implementation.
If a project is outside of our skill base we are happy to refer you to experienced contractors for your project.
DOG WASTE COMPOSTER PACKAGE
Installation of a 20 gallon black plastic trash can which opens at ground level and provides a container for excess dog waste. Waste enzyme treatment is provided and will assist dog waste in composting over time.
Purchase of materials, installation, and instruction sheet within Southern Chester County: $175