Frederick County, VA: Redbud Run Conservation Area Conceptual Master Plan

“The Redbud Run Greenway is located in Frederick County, Virginia, just north of the City of Winchester. It is a multi-faceted watershed management project providing protection, access, and interpretation of natural and historic resources, while involving a diverse group of partners. The Opequon Watershed, Inc. (TOW), Winchester Trout Unlimited, and the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District have worked with the City of Winchester and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to implement the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) in the headwaters of the lower section of Redbud Run. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) has reintroduced native brook trout to the stream as a result of this protection. Redbud Run also supports reproducing rainbow trout.

In 2003, 30 acres and ¾-mile of stream were donated to DGIF in late 2004. TOW and other local partners in the Redbud Run Greenway Alliance (RBRGWA) are working closely with DGIF on the development of a management plan for the Redbud preservation parcel. A series of conceptual trail routes are being proposed to accommodate a variety of user groups.”*

The Community Design Assistance Center (CDAC) worked with the RBRGWA to develop a conceptual master plan for the site, including the portion to the east of Woods Mill Road. The DGIF’s vision for this property, to maintain it as pristinely as possible and to retain or develop a good riparian buffer, guided decisions for the site. Detailed conceptual designs were prepared for bio-rentention ideas for the proposed parking area off of Woods Mill Road. The conceptual master plan for the site looked at a variety of trail typologies to address varying levels of user accessibility and connectivity (to the proposed parking area, the adjacent Millbrook High School, and Redbud Elementary School). The conceptual design also explored ways to enhance the current trail system as it relates to grade and surfacing, stream crossings, and how the current open areas on site can best be used in the future. Ideas for integrating the historic house and barn into the master plan for cultural interpretation and education and possible locations for interpretative and educational signage on site were also considered.

Project team: Jordan Thomas, Laurel Heile, Laura Sokol, C. LaDell Sumpter, Tish Poteet

Sponsor: Virginia Department of Forestry/Opequon Watershed, Inc./Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

 

*Taken from the Redbud Run Greenway project application submitted by Jim Lawrence.

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