Conservation

Photo: An example of conservation practice is preserving and maintaining the natural vegetation to provide most of the landscape form and identity. Here the mowing of a meadow is deferred to late summer after ground-nesting birds have raised their young, and areas of native flowers are left to set their seed.

Photo: An example of conservation practice is preserving and maintaining the natural vegetation to provide most of the landscape form and identity. Here the mowing of a meadow is deferred to late summer after ground-nesting birds have raised their young, and areas of native flowers are left to set their seed.

Conservation agreement:


Much of this property is a preserved prairie environment.  Most developments have guidelines intended to create an attractive, consistent neighbourhood and to preserve natural features.  These are typically in the form of agreements that continue from one landowner to the next, called CC&Rs - Covenants, conditions and restrictions. Lots E, F and G  have conservation agreements to protect the predominant forest communities. 

Basically these agreements ensure that the character of the property is preserved and enhanced - that lots have a look and feel that is consistent with the intentions and with what people thought they were buying. For the Bluebird Way, the purpose is to preserve where possible, the prairie environment - the tree stands, bush and grassland that make it welcoming to people and wildlife.  Here are some ways that a CC&R can be  conducive to biodiversity conservation.

  • Minimize soil disturbance and compaction during and following construction
  • Ensure that practices regarding building materials, water, energy and waste are more sustainable
  • Outline requirements and guidelines about landscaping -environmental and biodiversity practices related to the homes, yards and the area. ie. native and drought resistant species are encouraged.
  • Safeguard the majority of existing trees on each parcel
  • Support and protect the new shelterbelts - offering greater privacy, noise abatement, protection from drifting snow, and soil conservation.
  • Provide a range of acceptable home designs that ensure attractiveness and some consistency. Encourage  energy efficient choices including wise siting, passive energy, geothermal, being ready for solar pv,  and rainwater harvesting.