Restoring Urban Woodlands One Neighborhood at a Time
The Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project is a coalition of faculty, students, staff, and conservation professionals from Indiana University Bloomington, Sassafras Audubon Society, Monroe County Identify & Reduce Invasive Species, and City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation. They work to restore urban woodlands and reconnect people with nature. Urban woodlands supply habitat for resident and migratory birds and many other animals and provide numerous ecological services. Yet urban woodlands are especially vulnerable to degradation from invasive plants. This project will engage neighborhood associations, students, and nursery retailers in woodland restoration, research, and education activities. They will promote species-rich native woodland habitat in two 10-acre preserves and in surrounding neighborhoods through direct action and marketing materials for plant nurseries that help shift consumer landscaping choices to beautiful and beneficial native plants, and monitor flora and fauna and conduct social and historical research, sharing findings through presentations and digital media. This project is being led by Heather Reynolds.