|Submission Date||Feb. 6, 2013|
Western Washington University
OP-T2-19: Native Plants
Sustainability Institute Initiative
Does the institution prioritize the use of native plant species in landscaping?:
A brief description of the native plant program, policy, or practice:
WWU plants many native species such as vine-maple, red alder, western white pine, Douglas fir, Western hemlock, and the Western red cedar. Plants are matched with an area according to sun and wind exposure, water availability, and space to grow relative to adjacent species. When choosing plants for landscaping the gardening department will take a holistic approach to make sure the right plant is in the right place. Hardy plants with good drought tolerance will often be chosen over plants requiring more maintenance. Usually the design ends up including a mixture of natives, native-varieties, and hardy exotics. Tree preservation is a high priority. Contractors and university staff are held to high standards in this respect. We try to replace each tree that is lost from disease, damage or removal from a construction project.
The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:
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