The Fargo Project isn’t alone in trying to restore a habitat that supports birds and pollinators. Much of what is planned for the World Garden Commons stormwater basin at Rabanus Park in Fargo includes prairie restoration, as does the Audubon Dakota’s Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative. The initiative includes 1,000 acres along 28 Red River miles and supports pollinators, wildlife and recreation.
NDSU researcher Jesse Riley has 25 plots to study the best seed to plant for hardiness, durability and what will prevent invasive species from encroaching into the valuable prairie ecosystem. As with the Audubon initiative it will take 3-5 years for the prairie at World Garden Commons to mature.
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The Fargo Project aims to build a road map for modifying infrastructure within the City of Fargo to provide necessary hydrologic benefits and adding ecologic and social benefits to selected sites. In 2016 through 2020, professors and graduate students from NDSU will conduct research within the first of these sites, World Garden Commons, a stormwater basin at Rabanus Park.
Meet Jesse Riley, he’s a PhD graduate assistant whose passion and research is urban ecology. His research falls under Drs. Christina L.M. Hargis and Jack E. Noland, Natural Resources Management NDSU. Jesse and his social entrepreneur team won the 2016 NDSU Innovation Challenge with “Carbon Negative” a system of planting prairie vegetation in underused public land for carbon sequestration. His research at World Garden Commons has three major objectives: water quality, determining the best vegetation for future basins, and to assess the value neighbors, engineers, planners, artists and partners place on the aesthetics of developing an urban prairie. Continue Reading
Plains Art Buzz Lab interns visited World Garden Commons, the first installation of The Fargo Project. Artist Dwight Mickelson shared how The Fargo Project’s approach led to a community vision for environmental intervention, landscape restoration which benefits pollinators, our water system and people through Growing Together ~ A Community Garden Ministry.