The design of the village preserved the rural, open character of the site by maintaining unique environmental features, surrounding the village with open space, and clustering residential development interspersed with open space for common uses. Open space is dedicated in perpetuity for common uses such as gardening, raising of livestock, bicycle and riding trails, nature preserves, fishing areas, and other recreation and rural-outdoor pursuits. Preservation of existing forest cover, recreation areas, wildlife, and other environmental assets was stressed during the design.
The Elkmont Rural Village is home to various types of trees that provide cover for our wildlife. These include beech, yellow poplar, hickory, black walnut, dogwood, and pine. We are working closely we the Forestry Commision in order to maintain our unique landscape.
Located in the Elkmont Rural Village is a maternity cave home to roughly 5,000- 10,000 federally protected Gray Bats Myotis grisescens. AERDA continues to partner with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain our enclosure while protecting this endangered species.