Stress-Adapted Native Plant Communities as Templates for Highly Disturbed Landscape Sites

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Native plant communities can be found on remarkably difficult sites, e.g., highly alkaline, saline, acidic, droughty, and flooded. In the Northeast U.S. these communities include alvars, dunes, acidic pine barrens, inland salt marshes, marl fens, and other wetlands. A subset of these natural assemblages can be used to create sustainable landscapes on human-made sites that have similarly hostile conditions. Through a pair of presentations ending with an informal conversation and Q&A session, our presenters will discuss the ecology of these assemblages and how they can be adapted to a wide variety of “difficult site” projects from residential to urban to highly degraded industrial landscapes.
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Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Examine the environmental factors that are most stressful to plant species that thrive in natural communities on marginal sites (saline, alkaline, extremely dry, acidic, etc.).
Learn how to determine which stressed “analogue” site is most appropriate to use as a vegetative model for high-stress landscape planting sites.
Understand how these native plant species can be used in innovative, sustainable ways on highly disturbed sites from residential to industrial.
Dr. Donald J. Leopold & Tim Toland, RLA, LEED AP
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New Directions in the American Landscape

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