September 29, 2015
Things are getting wild at Franklin Pierce University, which was the only New Hampshire school to appear among 85 colleges and universities featured in the National Wildlife Federation’s new publication, The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and “Lands-on” Experiences for Students.
The guide highlights how colleges are protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces. The guide also explores how such green places can benefit students, faculty, and staff with leadership opportunities, hands-on learning, energy savings, water conservation, and much more.
“Sustainability and protecting our environment is an important part of our community,” says Andrew H. Card, President of Franklin Pierce University. “Our students see this campus as a living, learning laboratory and they appreciate that conservation starts at home.”
Franklin Pierce’s 1,200 acre Rindge campus is a mixture of natural forests and wetlands, including the shoreline along Pearly Pond. More than 1,000 acres are undeveloped and used extensively for education, research, and recreation. Franklin Pierce is among a handful of universities to place permanent, legal restrictions on a portion of the undeveloped land within its campus borders. In 2005, a 46-acre parcel of wetlands and upland forest was protected with a conservation easement, held by the Monadnock Conservancy Land Trust, creating a wildlife corridor linking Pool Pond and Pearly Pond.
Franklin Pierce has twice been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program for their efforts in preservation and sustainability. Franklin Pierce was cited previously for its work to protect critical forest and wetlands on campus, and for its progress toward environmental sustainability.
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