2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Native Tall-Grass Prairie Restoration On Campus
Patricia L. Ihrig*, Zebadiah G. Yoko, Kelly N. Germann, Rachel N. Lee, Even P. Fluty, Shannon C. Weber, and Lilia C. Ban
Dr. Chad E. Montgomery, Faculty Mentor

Native tall-grass prairies occupy less than 1% of former range, putting them among the worlds most endangered ecosystems. Currently, the only prairie type natural area associated with Truman State University requires transportation, which is not efficient. Therefore, we propose the development of a native tall-grass prairie plot on campus within walking distance of Magruder Hall that can provide students hands-on learning opportunities. The prairie would be useful for educating Truman students and the local community by introducing them to a novel ecosystem. There are many benefits to having a native prairie, such as conservation of topsoil, maintaining botanical diversity, improvement of water quality, reduction in weeds because of natural competition of prairie plants, etc. Additionally, this project helps with beautification of campus as well as reducing maintenance costs. Public Works has indicated the land west of the baseball diamond near Franklin Street would be an ideal plot for this undertaking.

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Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 4-8
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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