To provide environmentally sensitive site management practices that protect and enhance habitat, reduce pollutants and waste, protect soils and hydrology and reduce site domestic water use.
Conduct a site assessment to identify and document natural areas providing habitat.
Have in place a site management plan that demonstrates how the following best practices are met:
- Monitor and eradicate invasive and exotic plant species from natural habitat areas.
- Manage snow and ice in ways that limit degradation of water quality, surrounding plants and soil health from chemical deicer applications.
- Prevent erosion by maintaining vegetative cover, and restore any eroded soils.
- Reduce noise and air pollution resulting from gasoline powered equipment.
- Divert from landfills 100% of plant material waste for composting reuse.
- Reduce fertilizer use to only as needed for plant health applications based on soil testing. Eliminate preventive applications of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides applying only as needed for occurrences.
- Prepare an Integrated Pest Management plan.
- Add one or more inches of organic matter mulch, such as compost, to soil surfaces in planting areas annually.
- Irrigate vegetation, other than planted containers, only with automatic controlled systems utilizing either rain shutoff, moisture sensing or weather based controls.
- Monitor irrigation systems at least bi-weekly during the operating season and correct any leaks, breaks, inappropriate water usage, or incorrect timing.
- Store materials and equipment to prevent air and site contamination.
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