John Marlin (from Illinois Sustainable Technology Center) reported that the planting projects using SSC and ISEE grants are progressing well.
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Small Prairie at Natural Resources Building (Completed)
This proposal seeks to support a prairie initiative at the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability. The institute will use its greenhouses to begin growing sustainable, native plants for use on campus.
Increase Pollinator-Friendly Areas
- Burrill/ Morrill Walkway
- Chi Omega native plants
- Davenport Hall Carbon Garden
- LAR Native Plants
- Low Mow Zones
- Meadow at Orchard Downs
- Native Plants at Arboretum
- Orchard Downs Multifunctional Landscape (ODMFL)
- Plantings at Dorner Drive Retention Pond
- Prairie Restoration at Florida & Orchard
- Small Prairie at Natural Resources Building
- The Illinois Path
- Uni High Butterfly Garden
- Vet Med Prairies
- Woodland Plants at NRB
- Campus Honors House
The Natual Resources Building is the site of another native species planting project, both in front of the building and behind it on Pennsylvania Avenue. This project is funded by the Student Sustaianability Project.
The front of the building is home to five plots of woodland wildflowers. Fifteen plant species are present in the plot behind the building, which was formerly covered in mulch. Many of these species are insect pollinators. Monarch butterfly larvae have been spotted at the plot. Staff and student volunteers from the Prairie Research Institute maintain the plots at the Natural Resources Building.