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Vacant lots and soil ecosystem services

Vacant lots make up a large proportion of urban land and are of interest to many stakeholder groups. Fast, inexpensive restoration techniques could be implemented in vacant lots and would be well suited to increasing green space. This project investigates the effects of several restoration techniques on the ecosystem services provided by soils in vacant urban lots.


The plots will be used to establish native plant communities at two sites on campus and to evaluate different low-input methods for planting native species in currently unused land.

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The Morton Arboretum

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