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James Farm Master Plan

Project Status: Current

Preserving a wild place requires a plan. Last year, the Preserve felt the footsteps of 10,000 visitors, many with their four-legged friends, and welcomed nearly a thousand students for a day of watershed education. It was clear that to protect the forest, marshes, beaches and wetlands AND accommodate the needs of a growing number of visitors would require a plan.

In 2014, the Center for the Inland Bays hired Oasis Design Group, a landscape architecture and master planning firm located in Baltimore, MD, to assist the CIB with the development of the master plan. This plan identifies facility needs such as restrooms and parking, storage for equipment and education programs, trail improvements and interpretive signage and provisions for special events It will guide us in accommodating the needs of visitors while protecting and preserving the plant and animal communities that make James Farm unique.

Funding support for creating the master plan was obtained through several grants obtained by the Center which include grants from USEPA National Estuary Program, the State of Delaware, Sussex County Council, and the University of Delaware Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative.

Implementation will be conducted in two phases:

Phase 1: Address the pressing need for enhancement of the entrance and welcome area, including:

  • New entrance signage and driveway
  • Expanded parking facilities with a safe bus drop-off area for students
  • Enhance the special event lawn
  • Improve launch points into the trail system

The design and engineering work has already been completed and first phase construction is anticipated to begin in the spring or summer of 2018.

Phase 2: Address educational needs, including:

  • Additional educational gathering, seating, and teaching spaces that are separated from maintenance facilities;
  • Improved storage facilities for education and maintenance equipment;
  • A permanent restroom facility;
  • Trail improvements including the relocation or renovation of failing boardwalks;
  • 18 educational signs focused on the natural history and processes of the Preserve
  • Additional welcome area amenities, including a donor recognition wall.

Planning for this phase is also anticipated to begin in spring/summer 2018.  


Support the James Farm Master Plan!

Of course, in order to implement the James Farm Master Plan, extra funding is necessary. This beautiful place belongs to all of us….and it will take YOUR support to successfully implement the Master Plan.



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