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Landfills as Islands of Grassland Biodiversity: Placing a Next-Generation Habitat Restoration Plan in Context

Landfills as Islands of Grassland Biodiversity: Placing a Next-Generation Habitat Restoration... ECOLOGICAL DESIGN COMMENTARY Landfills as Islands of Grassland Biodiversity: Placing a Next-Generation Habitat Restoration Plan in Context Michael C. Allen ative upland grasslands, while always uncommon, supporters included environmental luminaries Pete Seeger, Nhave mostly vanished in the past two centuries in and before him, Roger Tory Peterson (Webster 2021), adds eastern North America due to systematic (and synergistic) to Croton Point’s status as a pioneer and standard-bearer changes in land use and disturbance regimes (Askins et al. in the practice of reclaiming, repurposing, and restoring 2007). Managed grassland preserves, such as the Shawa- urban green spaces to enhance biodiversity. The project’s ngunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge in New York, successes in the 1990s were held up as an early model for are rare in the region partly due to the difficulty and high closed landfills in the region (Kiviat and MacDonald 2004), cost of managing grassland habitat where both woody veg- and the site foreshadowed other restoration successes such etation and invasive species thrive (Norment 2002, Askins as New York City’s Fresh Kills Landfill and others in nearby et al. 2007). Therefore, win-win situations, where restored New Jersey, which were appreciated by the public as urban grasslands can be integrated into http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecological Restoration University of Wisconsin Press

Landfills as Islands of Grassland Biodiversity: Placing a Next-Generation Habitat Restoration Plan in Context

Ecological Restoration , Volume 39 (4) – Nov 18, 2021

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Abstract

ECOLOGICAL DESIGN COMMENTARY Landfills as Islands of Grassland Biodiversity: Placing a Next-Generation Habitat Restoration Plan in Context Michael C. Allen ative upland grasslands, while always uncommon, supporters included environmental luminaries Pete Seeger, Nhave mostly vanished in the past two centuries in and before him, Roger Tory Peterson (Webster 2021), adds eastern North America due to systematic (and synergistic) to Croton Point’s status as a pioneer and standard-bearer changes in land use and disturbance regimes (Askins et al. in the practice of reclaiming, repurposing, and restoring 2007). Managed grassland preserves, such as the Shawa- urban green spaces to enhance biodiversity. The project’s ngunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge in New York, successes in the 1990s were held up as an early model for are rare in the region partly due to the difficulty and high closed landfills in the region (Kiviat and MacDonald 2004), cost of managing grassland habitat where both woody veg- and the site foreshadowed other restoration successes such etation and invasive species thrive (Norment 2002, Askins as New York City’s Fresh Kills Landfill and others in nearby et al. 2007). Therefore, win-win situations, where restored New Jersey, which were appreciated by the public as urban grasslands can be integrated into

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Ecological RestorationUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Nov 18, 2021

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