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Berkeley Lake Conservancy



  • Susan Hanson - Chair
  • Jim Gawlas
  • Chris Kimberly
  • Ed Zawacki
  • Rebecca Spitler - Council Liaison

Conservancy Tasks
  • Generally supervise our buffer areas, greenspaces, and park. 
  • Coordinate the annual monitoring visit with the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust. 
  • Make recommendations for updating and enhancing the BLC area of the city website. 
  • Make recommendations for content of two community training events that need to be held in fulfilling part of our Tree Grant commitments. 
  • Several efforts have been made by previous Conservancy groups to create a draft site management plan for our greenspace. Please review previous efforts and make any desired changes. Ultimately the plan should be submitted to Council, which will take whatever action they think best and then send it on to GPLT. 
  • The existing path in the greenspace still needs to be monitored regularly for possible erosion. Previous groups have studied this thoroughly with our forestry advisor, Dale Higdon, and they concluded that so far it has not been in need of intervention. The only major problem at this point is privet, an invasive plant, which needs to be removed to protect other flora. Please consider the best way to accomplish this. 
  • Explore and pursue possible additional greenspace areas in our city that could be permanently protected. Lobby owners toward that end, and, if successful, assist them with easement creation.
  • Conduct and coordinate activities that maintain our status as a Tree City. This includes planting some trees somewhere in the city at least yearly and photographing it. Arbor Day is in February, which is a good time to transplant trees, but we have historically done it at various times. 
  • Routinely visit protected areas to ensure their well-being and report findings. 
  • Our security officer will be walking the greenspace and reporting to the mayor routinely as well.


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