Volunteer landscape maintenance

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One of the unique features of Riversidelinois is the design of the
community centered around forestry as envisioned by Frederick Law
Olmsted. Riverside is one of the first planned communities and has been a
National Historic Landmark since 1970 due to the historic architecture,
winding streets, gas street lights, and vegetated landscape.

The Village’s Forester, Landscape Advisory Committee, and other
village staff have teamed up to initiate a landscape maintenance program
that allows residents an opportunity to exercise their pride in the
community by caring for green spaces in the village parks, parkways, and
landscape beds. The location, size, and availability of identified
areas is being tracked in the Village’s GIS (Geographic Information
System). A map and spreadsheet of the adopted areas is constantly
updated to reflect the program status. Also a history of forest workdays
is tracked over time such as a weekend Boy Scout event to clear
Buckthorn, an invasive species. Combining all of these activities gives
village staff an excellent understanding of the maintenance status of
each area enabling them to sustain the beautiful landscape for
generations to come.

Volunteer landscape maintenance

Blog_Volunteerlandscapemaintenance.jpg

One of the unique features of Riversidelinois is the design of the
community centered around forestry as envisioned by Frederick Law
Olmsted. Riverside is one of the first planned communities and has been a
National Historic Landmark since 1970 due to the historic architecture,
winding streets, gas street lights, and vegetated landscape.

The Village’s Forester, Landscape Advisory Committee, and other
village staff have teamed up to initiate a landscape maintenance program
that allows residents an opportunity to exercise their pride in the
community by caring for green spaces in the village parks, parkways, and
landscape beds. The location, size, and availability of identified
areas is being tracked in the Village’s GIS (Geographic Information
System). A map and spreadsheet of the adopted areas is constantly
updated to reflect the program status. Also a history of forest workdays
is tracked over time such as a weekend Boy Scout event to clear
Buckthorn, an invasive species. Combining all of these activities gives
village staff an excellent understanding of the maintenance status of
each area enabling them to sustain the beautiful landscape for
generations to come.