Creating and maintaining meadow plant communities for maximum ecological and economic benefit.
The concept of converting lawns to meadows has existing for decades yet has enjoyed a recent surge of interest in the US. Meadow plant communities support far more biodiversity and ecosystem services than lawns while also serving as beautiful landscape features that can reduce property management costs. Unfortunately, there exists a great deal of well-meaning but often misleading information regarding meadow establishment. Too often discussions of lawn to meadow boil down to just planting native plants associated with meadows rather than information on how to create self-sustaining, functional ecosystems that provide orders of magnitude more environmental benefits. To that end, we will discuss the steps of creating and maintaining meadow plant communities in ways that achieve the most ecological and economic benefits for a given space.
About Sam Quinn
Sam Quinn, of SUNY ESF Department of Biology, oversees the Conservation on Private Lands Initiative within the Restoration Science Center at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has been involved in meadow restoration since 2010, typically working in mixed use landscapes such as farms and residential areas. In his role at ESF, Sam conducts research and teaches classes on habitat management to enhance biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainable enterprises.