The Urban Wilds contain and protect a host of natural communities. Protection of these natural communities remains a BPRW priority.
Burlington’s Urban Wilds are defined as lands that provide habitat for rare and endangered plant and animal communities, wetlands and other riparian systems, flood plain, unique geological and hydrological features, important wildlife habitat and travel corridors, areas important for scientific research and education, scenic vistas, trails, passive recreation, sustainable forest communities, and cultural features. The City’s Urban Wilds include areas at Ethan Allen Park, McKenzie Park, Mount Calvary Red Maple Wetland, Arms Park, Arthur Park and Crescent Woods. Portions of other parks within the City possessing sensitive natural features may also be considered “Urban Wilds” for management purposes. Future acquisitions of significant natural areas and open spaces for conservation or passive recreational purposes will be placed into this category.
Researching nature and culture in our public spaces:
Research about Burlington’s Urban Wilds is courtesy of Burlington Geographic, a place-building initiative connecting residents to our local landscape. Burlington Geographic gathers community members, educators, students, city agencies, businesses, and non-profits to explore and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of Vermont’s largest city. Burlington Geographic is a part of the PLACE Program, a partnership of UVM and Shelburne Farms.
You can also read previous research about the Urban Reserve from UVM students in 2013.