A Grassland Restoration Tale of Weeds, Wildlife, and Renewal

Jenna Webster

Jenna Webster, Senior Designer, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates

  • May 1 | 7:00 - 8:30pm

CEUs Available: APLD (1.5 credits); LA CES (1.5 credits); NOFA-AOLCP (1.5 credits)

Free and open to all.

Restoring weed-dominated habitats is a complex process, and even more so in public landscapes with diverse constituencies. Come learn how Larry Weaner Landscape Associates negotiated these challenges in their restoration plan for a 100-acre grassland at Croton Point Park in New York. Located atop a capped landfill, this site provides vital habitat for imperiled bird species. Jenna Webster and her team sought stakeholder input, utilized scientific research, and synthesized crowd-sourced ecological data, to create a thoughtful restoration plan now under construction. This case study gives us valuable lessons for land restoration on sites both large and small, and especially for protecting native birds that depend on grassland habitat.

Jenna Webster is co-curator of the New Directions in the American Landscape conference, and teaches ecological design at the Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware.