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    Using critical areas as learning tools in school campuses

    Mitigating the new campus at Odle Middle School began like most other mitigation work we do. We surveyed the campus for wetlands and delineated what we found. We created a mitigation plan. Impervious surfaces would be removed from the wetland buffer and the area would be planted and enclosed by a classic split-rail fence. “Sensitive Area” signs affixed to the posts would signal to students that this area was off limits.

    But when we looked at the plans being formed by the campus design team, we saw an opportunity. What began as a very practical proposition for a trail through the buffer turned into a buffer renaissance.

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    Promote Sustainability with Interpretive Signage

    Interpretive signs can be a tool for positive change. Interpretation teaches users the value of their natural resources, and helps them feel invested in the environment where they live.

    At The Watershed Company, we design interpretive signs that inspire users to help the environment. Encouraging users to help protect natural resources at home is simple: make change appealing and easy!

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    Interpreting Your Green Building and Infrastructure Projects

    Completing a green building project, regardless of whether or not you're seeking certification, is an enormous undertaking. Often, grant funding for stormwater projects includes a public outreach component, often fulfilled with interpretive signs. But even if you don't have grant requirements to satisfy,  interpretive signs can benefit your green building project by promoting sustainability, gaining public buy-in to green methodologies, and earning credits for certification. Interpretive signs enable you to emphasize green design elements that can range from describing processes involved with site-specific infrastructure to informing the viewer about a project with a broader, landscape-based approach. Learn why you should include interpretation in your green building project and many methods you can use in your interpretive signs to highlight important components of your project design.

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    10 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Developing an Interpretive Program

    In a time of tight budgets, interpretation can feel like a luxury – yet it remains an important tool to educate and connect with visitors. It’s not smart to skimp on the quality of the interpretive products you develop – an interpretive sign that turns readers off with poor quality graphics or bad writing is worse than no sign at all – but you can save costs on your interpretive program by being strategic in your planning. Get the most interpretive design for your buck with these ten strategies...

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    How long do interpretive signs last?

    Yes, the 80’s are back… but that doesn’t mean interpretive signs from 1985 are cool again too. Material improvements help interpretive signs last longer, but the graphic and content lifespan is 10 years at most. But why replace a sign that isn’t physically worn out yet?

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    An Interpretive Program from Start to Finish: Watson Woods Riparian Preserve

    Arizona non-profit group Prescott Creeks recently completed a $2 million stream and wetland restoration at Watson Woods Riparian Preserve, and “wanted to showcase what we had accomplished to guests,” as well as meet grant requirements for interpretation, said Gregg Fell, Field Projects Coordinator for Prescott Creeks. Interpretive signs along the new trails would help the 200-300 weekly guests at the Preserve understand the group’s goal of preservation and enhancement of habitat and wildlife.

    Prescott Creeks hired The Watershed Company to create five interpretive signs, an orientation kiosk and map, and a tri-fold brochure for the Preserve. Fell said, “We feel lucky to have found The Watershed Company to do this work for us because they so thoroughly understood watershed ecology and could bring that to the interpretive design process.”

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    Interpretive Signs for Stormwater Projects

    This year The Watershed Company's graphic design team got to create interpretive signs for three different stormwater and low impact development projects, for a total of 13 signs on topics ranging from filtering runoff with raingardens and stormwater ponds, to allowing infiltration by using permeable paving, to planting drought-tolerant plants.

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