December 2020 | Vol. 2
At Trent University we envision a sustainable and inspiring campus community,
thoughtfully integrating the natural and built environments, with vibrant places to
learn, live, innovate, and be active.
Next Steps for the Trent Lands & Nature Areas Plan
Supporting biodiversity and species at risk, meeting campus and community needs, and setting an inspiring vision for our shared future are goals of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan. In this newsletter, we wanted to outline what comes next for the Plan as we head into 2021.
The Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan articulates a clear vision and framework that brings together the University’s learning, environmental, community and economic endeavours in a unified and holistic plan.

It also includes a set of principles and standards that are applied to achieve the desired future vision, with built-in flexibility to maintain adaptability as new information becomes available.
The Nature Areas Stewardship Plan will be implemented through a systems-level plan and Nature Area-specific management plans. The systems-level plan takes a landscape-level view of the Nature Areas to assist in action prioritization. The management plans will be tailored to each Nature Area and will provide site-specific direction on how the Nature Area will protect or conserve natural heritage and cultural features, support research and education opportunities and sustainable recreation.
The Trent Lands & Nature Areas Plan will guide the implementation of the Nature Areas Stewardship Plan and future campus developments. The Guiding Principles will ensure Trent's exceeds standards for design, construction and environmental protections.

The draft implementation plan (section IV of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan) will be available for review and comment in February.
The Trent Lands & Nature Areas Plan Does:
Create a connected green network that is 60% of the campus lands.
Set clear goals and targets for stewarding the Nature Areas.
Reduce development lands based on natural heritage studies.
Introduce detailed guidelines for sustainable development.
Codify and commit to an engagement protocol with Michi Saagiig.
The Trent Lands & Nature Areas Plan Does Not:
Pre-suppose site-specific outcomes. Detailed
studies (e.g., Environmental Impact Study, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Study, etc.) are important and
required to confirm wildlife habitat and value, buffers from natural features, and specific actions to protect and enhance the environment.
Represent completion of the planning and
implementation process. Rather, the approval of this Plan will enable implementation to move forward collaboratively with a clear and defined process.
Key Dates & Next Steps
January 4, 2021 - public comments due via or

February 5, 2021 - Board of Governors meeting to review & approve the Plan

Haven't had a chance to read through the draft plan yet? Set aside a couple of hours before January 4 to read the vision that has emerged from our conversations over the past few years.
Implementation Plan: We are creating an Implementation Plan to help move ideas and opportunities within the Trent Lands & Nature Areas framework plan from idea to reality.

Stay tuned for opportunities to review and share comments on the Implementation Plan in early 2021.
If you have questions while reviewing the Plan, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to the questions we've received to-date. You can also view the Town Hall presentation of the Plan, which includes a 45 minute Q&A.

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Since the 1964 Trent University Master Plan, land use planning has helped to protect, enhance and support our natural setting, teaching and research, the student experience, our academic reputation and the surrounding communities.
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