October 2020 | Volume 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.
Unpacking the Plan: Trent Nature Areas
To help with the review of the draft Trent Lands & Nature Areas Plan, we're taking a closer look at different elements of the Plan, and answering some frequently asked questions.

This week takes a closer look at the Nature Areas Stewardship Plan.

Key Highlights of the Nature Areas Stewardship Plan:

  • Reaffirms the importance of the Nature Areas
  • Expands Nature Areas by +13 hectares (32 acres)
  • Prioritizes actions to increase ecosystem health
  • Presents four management categories along with guidelines on appropriate uses within the Nature Areas
  • Recommends a campus-wide systems-based approach to increase diversity of habitat and species and supplements the Nature Areas with green spaces across campus that target biodiversity goals
  • Built on campus and community input, existing research, aerial mapping and species databases
Feedback Deadline Extended - January 4, 2021

To allow ample time for the Trent and surrounding communities to review all the materials included in the Trent Lands & Nature Areas Plan, the feedback deadline has been extended to Monday, January 4, 2021.

Review documents and share your thoughts: trentu.ca/trentlandsplan or trentlandsplan@trentu.ca.

The draft Plan will be presented to the Trent University Board of Governors at their February meeting.
Virtual Town Hall
November 18, 2020
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join us on Zoom for a virtual town hall about the draft Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan. The town hall will begin with a walkthrough presentation of the Plan, including key features and opportunities. After the presentation, the Trent Lands & Nature Areas Plan team will answer your questions.
Why is Trent updating the 2002 Nature Areas Stewardship Plan?
The 2002 Nature Areas Stewardship Plan is out-of-date and needs to be updated.
  • In some areas, boundaries for the Nature Areas need to reflect 'on the ground' feature limits (e.g. Nassau Mills Wetland complex addition and location), or more accurate property limits.
  • An action-forward plan is needed to address concerns such as invasive species, habitat loss, fragmentation, biodiversity and Species at Risk, negative impact of dogs, and areas of overuse.
  • Continued protection and preservation of the Nature Areas is important to all and is in the best interest of the University.
We seek to integrate Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous values in the Plan.

What initiatives are being undertaken to implement the Nature Areas Stewardship Plan?
Monitoring wetland health is a priority (some work is already underway) as is enhancing habitat for species at risk. Education will be enhanced through interpretive signage about the natural heritage features and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and uses of the land.

Has the extent of Nature Areas been changed in this Plan?
The Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan adds approximately 13 hectares (32 acres) of land to the Nature Areas. The boundaries of Trent's 11 Nature Areas have been altered in places to meet the intentions laid out in the 2002 Nature Areas Stewardship Plan to protect features on the landscape. Through ground-truthing and more accurate mapping, the boundaries are more reflective of the dynamic system on the Trent campus. See page 124 of the draft Nature Areas Stewardship Plan for a map and more details on the Nature Areas boundary changes.
Planning for the Future
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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