Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary is one of northern Wisconsin’s most diverse natural areas. At Hunt Hill, educating the public on environmental understanding and appreciation are the main missions. This is achieved through dozens of camps and classes throughout the year, but when an instructor isn’t present, Hunt Hill recognizes the importance of educational signage.
Capay Open Space Park (COSP) is a 41-acre park located in Esparto, California. The area is rich in cultural and natural history and has been open to the public for over ten years. However, until recently, the park and its public access to Cache Creek was virtually unknown and received few visitors due to the lack of wayfinding and interpretive signage.
Averaging 43 inches of rainfall per year, Portland, Oregon is home to many rain gardens. These gardens contain plants that absorb pollutants, keeping them from local streams and rivers, and recharge the groundwater supply that provides water for fish and other aquatic life.
A grant from the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services made it possible to showcase this process through an interpretive sign, located in the Oliver P. Lent School rain garden. The sign tells the story of why rain gardens are part of Portland’s strategy for improving the health of its rivers and streams. Each step is described in English and Spanish in the narrative section of the sign.
In 2015, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT) began working with Chippewa County to provide green infrastructure improvements for Sherman Park Beach, located along the St. Mary’s River in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. The beach had been experiencing periodic closures due to elevated levels of E.coli from storm water runoff.
ECT designed a stormwater “Best Management Practices” for Chippewa County, which included the installation of rain gardens, sidewalk infiltration grates, and native plantings, along with redirecting a storm drain to discharge outside of the jetties, and soil stabilization. In addition, a beach nourishment plan was prepared to raise the profile of the beach, restore the sand dunes and help infiltrate runoff.
As part of the project, ECT’s Senior Administrative Coordinator Chris O’Meara designed seven interpretive panels to display educational information. O’Meara’s designs were manufactured as Fiberglass Embedded panels. Four were installed into Pannier Traditional T exhibit bases, while one became part of a Triangular Kiosk.
This past summer, Pannier Graphics worked with the Galveston Bay Foundation to design and manufacture signage for their Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve, just east of Houston, Texas.
The Turtle Bay Nature Preserve consists of 514 acres of protected wetland, prairie and forested habitats along Turtle Bayou and Lake Anahuac. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, viewing wildlife at one of three wildlife view platforms or kayaking on Turtle Bayou. The Preserve is owned by Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District, and Galveston Bay Foundation holds a conservation easement on the property to protect the land.
Heart Mountain Ranch is located north of Cody, Wyoming and is owned by The Nature Conservancy. It supports one of the greatest concentrations of rare plants ever discovered on private property in Wyoming. Many native mammals are also often seen here, particularly elk, mule deer and antelope.
Invasive Species are plant and animal species that are not native to a particular area. Typically, invasive species have a negative impact on that area’s environment, health, and/or economy. They pose very real threats. Unfortunately, it is no different for the Carson River Watershed. The Carson Water Subconservancy District (CWSD) works to help coordinate identification and treatment of invasive species on a watershed-wide basis. The CWSD is an agency made up of portions from six counties – one in California and five in Nevada. Their goal is to establish a balance between the needs of the communities within the Carson River Watershed and the function of the river system.
Located between Philadelphia, PA and New Jersey lies Petty’s Island, an area of rich history tracing back to the 16th century. In April 2009, CITGO donated the island and former site of CITGO operations to the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust through a conservation easement for use as an ecological preserve and educational facility.
In 2010, Congress appropriated 5 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Of that, the National Park Service (NPS) received approximately .5 million to invest in the overall health of the Great Lakes, and to address long-standing ecosystem issues. Invasive Species control is one segment of the GRLI.