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Across the estate the design and operations are focused on integrating soil conservation, watershed management, wildlife habitat and biodiversity management practices in an integrated and holistic approach so that all of the uses support the management goals of preserving and restoring the underlying resources of the land. Uses on the site are located in the most appropriate areas starting with preserving and restoring key and sensitive natural resources such as the woodlands and wetland areas. Core farmland is preserved and improved. Transitional and buffer areas are developed and restored to provide maximum benefit to the estate by providing farming opportunities, open space and habitat. Historic and cultural assets of the site are preserved. Landscaping and farming practices will support the goals of soil conservation and water shed management as well as support wildlife management needs. With the integrated approach the entire 410 acre estate supports the wildlife habitat and biodiversity and soil conservation and watershed management goals of the community and allows the estate to retain the rural character of the area.

Biodiversity and Habitat Management The estate’s programs encourage wildlife habitat within all of the uses and provide for large areas of contiguous, high quality natural habitat with connecting strips to other areas. A variety of habitat types will be restored and maintained and the prairie, savannah and wetlands restoration efforts will include attempts to maximize plant and animal species diversity. Sustainable farming efforts; residential landscaping; backyard habitat programs; and use of prairie plantings in open spaces will maximize the cover, food and water sources on site to support a diverse and vibrant wildlife population. Prairie management techniques as well as farming methods will be adjusted to encourage wildlife and provide optimal habitat and forage for the wide variety of wildlife currently existing on the site. hay and other higher value, higher intensity crops. These alternative crops may include certified organic vegetables, specialty grains and silage, orchard and tree crops and other specialty crops. Grazing areas for specialty livestock and horses may also be provided.

Composting and mulching programs will take waste from the equestrian and livestock operations and plant wastes from the farm, residential and landscape operations to create soil supplements and mulching systems for the farm and landscaping activities. Resulting hay and other feed will be then used as stock for the horse and livestock operations creating a closed loop. Other programs to encourage collection of recyclable materials, education on other waste management and reduction practices, and a focus on use of renewable resources will be developed at the community level. A core concept in developing Sersosun Farms is a focus on sustainability. The uses are integrated together and the land is utilized in a manner that supports and sustains the environment and the community. Each use will be implemented in ways that respect the land and the shared uses. A sustainability program will be developed to help manage and encourage this effort. The estate will encourage sustainable agricultural practices, green building techniques, water management, sustainable solid wastes management, recycling, use of alternate energy sources, restoration and enhancement of wildlife habitat and sustainable living practices.