Park Resources Branch Workshop - Designing Parks for Ease of Maintenance

Park Resources Branch Workshop
This workshop is about addressing park maintenance with limited staff, equipment, and budgets, while providing for improved ecosystems and public use. Participants will: 1. Learn how to derive economic benefits of converting open spaces to meadows and natural areas 2. Be introduced to a case study of a Green Master Plan 3. Learn how to prioritize tasks and approaches for land stewardship to best-utilize resources 4. Learn examples of how volunteers, other agencies, contracted firms may be used to supplement staff time 5. Learn how to incorporate low maintenance approaches into stewardship plans 6. Gain techniques to manage stormwater, conserve energy, and control invasive


Conversion of mowed lawns to natural meadows is not a new trend; however, it has become more pressing with reduced agency budgets during the Pandemic, and increased stormwater-management challenges due to Global Warming.

PRPS Park Resources Branch has partnered with Landstudies, Inc., and the Natural Lands Trust (NLT), to offer this virtual session. Landstudies’ Jim Kreider will discuss their work with the Penn State/Hershey Medical Center on a multi-year Green Master Plan, converting corporate lawn environments to a more-sustainable landscape. NLT's Kelsey Boyd and Sean Quinn will share how they maximize efficiencies in trail maintenance and meadow management, and discuss NLT’s development of stewardship plans for their preserves as well as municipalities.

Presenter Details

James Kreider, PCH-SLC has been Director of Field Operations for thirteen years for Landstudies, Inc. an environmental and Landscape Architecture firm in Lititz, Lancaster County, PA. He is responsible for installation and constructions services for functional, natural landscapes. This includes erosion and sedimentation control, value engineering, permitting and post-construction monitoring. He is a PA-Certified Horticulturist with Sustainable Landscapes Certification (PCH-SLC). He has a B. S. in Environmental Science, is a member of several Watershed Alliances, and has received the 2015 ‘Green Achiever’ Award by the PA Landscape & Nursery Association.

Sean Quinn:  Growing up in the woods of Northern Chester County, Sean realized a career in Nature was his calling.  While studying Environmental Education at West Chester University, Sean interned with DCNR State Parks in Outdoor Education, Chester County Parks in land management and Natural Lands in education and stewardship.  Sean Joined Natural Lands full time in 2006 as a Stewardship Assistant. There he managed a variety of landscapes and ecosystems working at nearly all of Natural Lands 43 preserves. Sean became Manager of the ChesLen Preserve in 2013 where he helped transform a new preserve into a popular regional outdoor destination.  He is a Leave No Trace outdoor ethics trainer, a PA Prescribed Fire Burn boss, PA Certified (Pesticide) Applicator and outdoor educator.

Kelsey Boyd joined Natural Lands in 2014. Since then, she has prepared stewardship plans for municipal and county open spaces as well as Natural Lands preserves. Recent projects have included the Montgomery County Multi-Municipal Greenways and Stewardship Study and the Antietam Lake Park Natural Resources Stewardship Plan. Kelsey also oversees administration for Natural Lands’ public grants. Kelsey received her undergraduate degree in Geology and Policy Studies from Lafayette College and is currently enrolled in Oregon State University’s Forests and Climate Change program.


9:00 - 10:00 AM                Case Study:  Green Master Plan for Penn State / Hershey Medical Center;  James Kreider, Landstudies, Inc.

10:00 - 10:10 AM              Transition / Break

10:10 - 11:10 AM              Case Study:  ChesLen Preserve and Lenfest Center with Sean Quinn; Designing Maintenance Plans: with Kelsey Boyd

Registration Cost
Webinar attendance - $10
CEU credit (optional) - $5

NOTE - This event will be recorded, and registration will remain available for viewing and CEU credit through September 30, 2021.

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11/12/2020 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Eastern Standard Time
Virtual Training via Zoom

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