Forest stewardship of the Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary

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Ardsley wildlife
Stewardship of Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary is a top priority for the
 Shade Tree Commission.  This 81-acre tract of land  was obtained by the township in 1996 utilizing Montgomery County open space grant money to fund 90% of the purchase. A large portion of this property is environmentally sensitive.  Throughout the property there are wetlands, water bodies and steep slopes. Over 85% is woodland. In addition, the township has made significant investment to upgrade the regional stormwater management system. 
We invite you to take a walk and get to know this unique open space.




The following priorities are guided by the Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary Land Management Plan (Land Concepts, 2006), DCNR Forestry and the PA Game Commission. 

1.     Define land management units and associated priorities 

2.     Sustainably develop the high-use areas, balancing the needs of public access, critical habitat and stormwater management

3.     Maintain selected trails for wildlife observation

4.     Protect and preserve sensitive areas

5.     Improve the quality of forested areas

6.     Restore meadows


1.     Minimize stormwater runoff and manage features to enhance water quality

2.     Protect and wetlands and vernal pools

3.     Establish healthy riparian buffers for all water features


1.     Plant a conifer stand for improved cover habitat

2.     Plant shrubs and small trees for wildlife food, nesting and cover

3.     Enhance the retention-pond habitat

4.     Enhance the forest habitat

5.     Remove exotic invasive vegetation


1.     Establish interpretive trails

2.     Encourage the study of nature

3.     Connect and teach through social media

4.     Promote volunteer engagement and hands-on learning


1.     Create interpretive signage that is consistent in appearance and style

2.     Manage for a safe visitor experience


1.     Secure grant -based funding to support these priorities

2.     Build partnerships with associated groups and individuals to leverage limited resources

  • On October 24, 2015, we will be planting trees at test sites to launch a forest improvement initiative
  • The STC and EAC work closely with township leaders and the Pennoni Design Team to understand and optimize stormwater management 
    • We identified a natural approach to convey stormwater from the Edgehill Tyson area through the upper woodlands to the existing stormwater detention features in a manner that 
      • minimizes disruption to the forest and 
      • maximizes the potential for infiltration
    • We identified an approach to enlarging the retention basin that replaces an invasive tangle of shrubs and vines with a native plant meadow
  • For current news and activities, please follow the Friends of Wildlife Sanctuary  page


Sandy Run Creek Watershed Conservation PlanExecutiveSummary_201411261014577478

PA Game Commision Wildlife Management Recommendations- Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary- Cover Letter- 2015 08 24

Native Trees and Shrubs for Upland Sites

Native Trees and Shrubs for Riparian Buffers

MAPS-2006-Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary Land Management Plan

Howard Nursery- 2015 Wildlife Homes Order Form

Howard Nursery- 2015 Tree Seedling Order Form

Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary Priorities v1

A Natural Approach to Stormwater Management