8. Conservation Area
The Conservation Areas will remain largely unchanged with the exception of those
portions that lie interior to the campus core areas. Here edge treatments such as the
addition of informal plant masses and selective thinning and clearing around the periphery
would occur. Appropriate interpretive graphics for future educational support should be
added. Conservation areas adjacent to the
Chancellor's Walk could become outdoor classrooms as well, that co-exist with the Academic
row of buildings.The remaining conservation areas require less protection from
disturbance. Trails and interpretive graphics should be incorporated for the growing
population of users such as students and the general public.
- Cultivated plantings should not occur in these areas; the use of natives will be the
- Management and manipulation of native species will be important here to show off their
- The larger conservation area to the eastern edge of the campus will become the area most
frequently visited by the public. Interpretive graphics should educate the public on
appropriate use and behavior.
- The smaller conservation areas within the Academic Core area will remain and should be
protected as outdoor classrooms.
- The major design components of these areas will become a standardized interpretive
graphic component and trail system.
- A classification system for the level of disturbance allowed should be planned and
developed for these Conservation Areas.
- A study should be performed to determine the feasibility of connecting all of the
Conservation areas with trails and native landscape plantings.
A low level of maintenance should continue in this zone and upkeep should be restricted
to the trails and entry gardens. The Biology Department will continue to manage the
maintenance of native plant materials here for educational purposes, i.e., controlled
- The ecological benefits of prescribed burns should play a major role in the University's
mission to educate the public on the native coastal environment and ecosystem management.
- Lawn areas on the perimeter of the Conservation Areas should be maintained to a moderate
level. Limited spraying and mowing is necessary here.
- Trails should be paved with natural materials such as mulch. Maintenance of
these pathway materials will be important for safe walkways.
- Clean-up of fallen tree litter on pathways and to the perimeter of these areas is
Cercis canadensis/Eastern Redbud
Cornus florida/Flowering Dogwood
Ilex vomitoria/Yaupon Holly
Pinus palustris/Longleaf Pine
Quercus marilandica/Blackjack Oak
Aesculus pavia/Red Buckeye
Callicarpa americana/American Beautyberry
Euonymous americana/Hearts a Burstin
Itea virginiaca/Virginia Sweetspire
Lyonia lucida/Fetter Bush
Andropogon virginicus/Broom Sedge
Aristida stricta/Wire Grass
Panicum virgatum/Switch Grass
Schizachyrium scoparium/Little Bluestem