RIPARIAN AREAS in An Eco-community--a real eye-opener!
This week I've been reading the Forestry Report RIFF on a Forestry Report-SOILS : Asheville Eco-Community (series) as part of the research we do before listing an Asheville area eco-development. It's been quite an eye-opener. For me, it reiterated how important it is for real estate professionals to know more about environmentally-sensitive properties. Today, I'm giving serious thought to environmental factors in terms of riparian areas. I understand that we will need to be able to point out
- where the riparian areas are
- if any building sites are in a flood plain
- how close to these areas builders can construct homes
Here is a photo of a waterfall on the adjacent conservation land.
Having spent hours walking the land with the perceptive eco-developers, I feel certain they are "tuned-in" to the importance of the above, and the importance of protecting the waters that flow through their eco-community. I can see by their land planning that they are fluent in the research that points out that riparian areas are instrumental in water quality improvement for both surface runoff and water flowing into streams through subsurface or groundwater flow.
Hickory Nut Creek borders the property on one side. It is a joyful, vocal and VERY lively entity.Standing above and beside it, you can feel your energy rise.
( my photo to the left was taken from the cliff above the Creek where I perched to take it)
Many ephemeral and intermittent stream channels also play through the property --some flow intermittently. These stream channels provide areas of key habitat. We will pay special attention to this fact in our real estate marketing efforts and literature.
I know that the developers of this conservation neighborhood will devote themselves to protecting the streams and stream channels from ground altering disturbances--but what is my/our Firm's part in making sure those who invest in property here know about this?
Possibly offer a connection through this post to the Watershed Best Management Practices link where can be found relevant information on controlling impacts from common land use activities that often affect watersheds, water quality. This link (click for list) takes you to an eye-opening presentation/slide show and insight into common forestry management measures from planning through reforestation. Let me know what you think!
What's next?I'm going to talk with the eco-innovators developing this eco-community about their plans for renewable energy as it pertains to the riparian areas... . Stay tuned!
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