Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, November 8, 2010

Northwood residents work to develop wildlife habitat

The Northwood Wildlife Habitat is a resident-driven project meant to educate fellow residents about the importance of native plants and how humans can live in harmony with the environment around them. It is a collaboration between Northwood Community Apartments, University Housing, Grounds Services, and University Forestry.

Residents from Northwood Community Apartments met over a series of design sessions to plan the layout of the habitat and do the actual planting. They were led by Kenneth Rapp, a university landscape architect; Robert Dodde, community aide for Northwood Community Apartments and a graduate student research assistant in mechanical engineering, and Melaku Mekonnen, director of graduate and family housing and associate director of residence education.

The project is an extension of the ongoing Landscape Initiative with Northwood IV and V. Residents planted items two weeks ago and completed the project Saturday, when they piled mulch around the plants to protect them over the winter.

Northwood residents plant a variety of native plants. From left are Benjamin Pence, a graduate student and research assistant in mechanical engineering; Arthur Sloan; James Hagerty, a graduate student instructor and research assistant in the School of Education; and Michael Han. (Photo by Robert Dodde)