Greening the Lower Susquehanna Natural Communities Program

Ecological Restoration | Green Infrastructure Implementation


LandStudies, Inc. worked with a team of researchers and public facilitators from Penn State University to implement the Natural Communities Program, an innovative public/private partnership approach to accelerate the implementation of Green Infrastructure in the lower Susquehanna region. The project focuses on open space within existing communities and works with residents and municipal officials to increase acceptance and adoption of green infrastructure. LandStudies’ services include coordination with selected community groups, developing ecological restoration master plans for common open space areas, preparing planting plans and the associated construction, installation and maintenance. Work has been completed for the following communities:

Spring Creek Watershed Community, Dauphin County – stream assessment of +3,000 l.f. of Spring Creek north of Derry Street along with a master plan for improvements.

Oakmont Community, Dauphin County – drainage swale restoration, SWM basin retrofits and forest understory establishment.

Grandview Chase, Lancaster County – 4.5 acre riparian buffer and warm season grass meadow establishment.

Village at Creekside, Lebanon County – 5 acre riparian buffer and water quality treatment area.

Village Grande, Lancaster County – 6 acre riparian buffer and warm season grass meadow.


Master Planning | Landscape Design and Installation|Maintenance | Bio-retention facility  Community Outreach | Volunteer Planting Coordination

Client: Penn State University through a grant funded by the NFWF

Location: Lancaster, Lebanon and Dauphin Counties

Download this case study as a PDF

Bio-Retention Facility

Volunteer Planting Day


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