Consultant Analyzes North Campus Land

By Barbara Walvoord

Consultant Laurie Sanders (left) advises residents (from left) Jim Dowell, Barbara Walvoord, and Mary Willard, during a July 3, 2014 walk on the North campus
Consultant Laurie Sanders (left) advises residents (from left) Jim Dowell, Barbara Walvoord, and Mary Willard, during a July 3, 2014 walk on the North campus

How can we best manage our woods, fields, brooks, and wetlands so as to nurture birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife? To help us answer that question, the Land Conservation Subcommittee of the Green Committee, together with Lathrop director Thom Wright, engaged consultant Laurie Sanders to walk our land for three mornings, ending June 3 with a walk at the North campus.Readers may know Laurie from her presentations on NPR or her ongoing work with many conservation agencies, both public and private. She is currently analyzing the Northampton conservation areas and writing a book about them.

Consultant Laurie Sanders (left), on a July 3 walk at the North campus, offers advice to residents (from left) Jim Dowell, Barbara Walvoord, and Mary Willard. Photograph is by Sharon Grace, who also joined the walk. Residents Jo Davis, Joan Wofford, and director Thom Wright joined the group after the walk for discussion and planning.

Laurie’s North campus tour follows the East campus tour earlier in the week. Now the committee and Lathrop management will meet to consider Laurie’s recommendations and to make a plan for land management. Residents will be asked for their input as planning moves forward.

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