Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram was retained to develop a sustainable planning framework for the grounds of 17 Wing Canadian Forces Base North Site, offering strategies to deal with changing conditions and a diminished maintenance capacity. The study advocates a pragmatic approach that recognizes the unique qualities of 17 Wing environment and culture, and aims at improved sustainability through small scale interventions tuned to the abilities, interests, and resources of Base personnel and management.
Through a site inventory, interviews, reviews of previous studies and research into best practices in landscape design and management, a set of Guiding Principles were drawn as the basis for analysis, recommendations, and pilot project design.
This review includes an examination of the cultural and environmental factors on the Base that support or inhibit sustainable practices. At the heart of the report is the Landscape Units matrix and site plan, which distills the landscape characteristics, issues, opportunities and actions for the entire North Site grounds.
The final section of the report lists more than 50 recommendations to address general issues, ranging from training and consensus-building to pruning and mowing techniques. Where applicable, cost implication information is provided. Appendices include detailed sustainable development practices and a plant material selection guide.