The native plants area took a lot of planning, but the first plants were planted in 2006 next to the Olson Library in an area known as Area 5. The area consisted of different native wildflowers, grasses, rushes, sedges and shrubs.
In 2009 the decision was made to move all the plants to a more permanent area referred to as Quad 1. In the summer of 2009, the plants were all moved from Area 5 to their current locations by three students and Dr. Ronald Sundell.
The New Area
Moving the plants meant tilling and raking the new area before manually uprooting the plants and using wheelbarrows to move them to their new location. On top of moving the plants, students helped build a wood fence to surround the area.
The new area consists of a .72 acre wetland and shrub area closest to the residence halls and a 1.81 acre area consisting of a variety of native shrubs, trees, wildflowers and grasses.
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