College Launches Ecological Reserve

Sustainability Updates - November 14, 2017 - 11:32am

“The forested area north of campus is a jewel for the Marlboro College community and central to its identity,” said a community proposal for an ecological reserve approved by the trustees at their October 20167 meeting. The proposal expanded on the community’s goal “to recognize the ecological, recreational, educational, and aesthetic importance of the land to the college community, as well as to the greater Marlboro community, and to provide protection for the land.”

The Marlboro College Ecological Reserve is a product of more than a decade of collaborative, community efforts, involving members of the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC), natural science faculty, students in the life sciences, and others. The land was initially removed from Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal Program (UVA, or “current use”) to establish the reserve, following the recommendation of the college Town Meeting in 2004.

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