Restoration Ecology Class Spring 2015
Phase 3 of Project Stream: Outreach
In Phase 3 of the Project Stream restoration planning, students tackled the question of how to conduct outreach and share the value of the Project Stream site with members of the Mount Holyoke and South Hadley communities. The group focused much of their attention on developing a "user interface" for the site – creating a plan for a boardwalk and educational signage that would draw Mount Holyoke students and community members into the site and invite them to learn about the site, the project, and the importance of wetland function.
They also assembled materials to share with the public that answer many of the questions people may have about the restoration, such as:
- "What is restoration?"
- "What is the REP?"
- "What have the students done and why?"
- "What is the current project?", and
- "What is the long term vision of the REP?"
Their work culminated in a restoration showcase where they presented to over 130 members of the MHC and South Hadley communities. Following their work, the project was permitted through the South Hadley Conservation Commission, and construction commenced in late Summer 2015, as a direct result of student work over the past three years.