Restoring Native Prairie Habitat in a Suburban Campus Landscape

Increased human development has led to a loss of native landscapes and native biodiversity. In urban areas this loss can be abated with the establishment of green spaces that include native plants, trees, and restored habitats. Incorporating local flora into urban landscapes can elicit multiple benefits, including decreased use of fossil fuels and pesticides, biodiversity enhancement, stormwater absorption and erosion control, increased genetic diversity, and pollination attraction. We evaluated different approaches of installing prairie habitat in a suburban landscape. Presentation by Deanna Geelhoed and Kara Smit of Calvin College.