Ecological services from natural habitats are important for environmental and human health. In urban areas, most habitats have been destroyed by other land uses, but attempts to add back ecological resources have begun. The science of restoration ecology attempts to return functioning, sustainable habitats to these areas. The experimental work of this program studies which protocols are best suited to restore urban habitats, which are very stressful. We are exploring which plant populations that may have evolved tolerance to these stresses and are best suited to be used in restoration practice. The germplasm needed for sustainable populations must tolerate the many environmental problems of urban areas, including poor, compacted, and polluted soil, hot conditions, modified hydrology, air pollution, habitat fragmentation, and human traffic. Using experimental field plots and greenhouse experiments, we are determining the presence and nature of native plants most useful for urban environmental restoration. In addition, a series of public education programs, workshops, lectures and classes are being conducted to inform the public and the profession of protocols for restoration and the importance of these efforts for environmental health.
|Effective start/end date||10/1/07 → 9/30/12|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))