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Rewilding to increase the ecological value

Tim Parsons, Middlebury College’s Landscape Horticulturist, bends down to inspect some new lawn planted as part of the college’s “rewilding initiative.” The effort aims to improve the environmental impact of the institution’s nearly 100 acres of maintained lawn. Independent photo/Steve James

Judith Irven recently participated in a group walk-about at Middlebury College to see their new “rewilding” initiative, whereby they are gradually reducing the hours they devote to lawn mowing, and also shrinking the total lawn area. 

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