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College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois
3225 Vet. Med. Basic Sciences Bldg.
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802
April 26, 2010

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Contact: Chris Beuoy

Go Orange, Blue & Green on Vet Med Planting Day, Saturday, May 22

Everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, May 22, for a second planting day to complete the Prairie Plant Garden project. Last June, more than 100 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds planted nearly 7,000 prairie plant seedlings on the grounds of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. This spring another 2,500 seedlings will go in. Volunteers are welcome to come any time between 9 am and 1 pm, and are asked to sign up online.

The Prairie Plant Garden project was made possible through a grant of nearly $22,000 from the Student Sustainability Committee at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which administers funds raised by the student Clean Energy Technology and Sustainability Fees.

The garden areas are located near the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building at 2001 South Lincoln Avenue in Urbana. One section is just east of the front entrance, and the other is south of the building, around a sculpture by Illinois artist Richard Hunt entitled "Growing in Illinois." More than 50 species characteristic of native tall grass prairie in central Illinois are represented.

The goals of the garden are to beautify the grounds as well as to educate visitors about the biologically rich grassland that once covered about 60 percent of the Illinois landscape. The garden also improves campus sustainability by reducing the need for mowing and by fostering a natural habitat the supports native insect and vertebrate species.

The College of Veterinary Medicine has a strong affiliation with environmental sustainability and the protection of native animal species. Through research and education, veterinary faculty and students address issues related to the preservation of natural habitat worldwide and the impact of human activity on the environment and the health of people and animals.