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You may have noticed native plants in the landscaping around campus. This isnít an accident. The landscaping around campus has become a major focal point for the Sustainable Campus Initiative. Using plants native to this area allows us to not only highlight their beauty and educate staff and guests about them, but provides a unique look for ORNL that has additional benefits. Native plants support native birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and other wildlife-some of which are dependent on specific native plant species for food and reproduction. Native plants are better adapted to local environmental conditions and, replacing areas planted in fescue with native landscaping is not only aesthetically appealing, it reduces overall maintenance needs.

It is our goal to be a forerunner in sustainable landscaping techniques, as well as an example for the other DOE sites. Much research is being done on site about these techniques; from rain gardens to deal with storm water runoff, wetland plantings in detention basins, vegetation buffer enhancement in riparian areas, and aquatic plantings at the East Campus Pond to native grass community establishment on First Street and Bethel Valley Road. Take a look around this updated website to gain information on the many projects going on around campus.
Current Projects/Plans
Ecosystem Enhancement Projects
Facility Area Landscaping Plans
Landscaping Maintenance Plans
Local Native Plant Nurseries
ORNL Landscaping Review Committee
Plants in the Landscaping & Posters
Regional Native Aquatic Plant Nurseries
Regional Native Plant Nurseries
Sustainable Storm Water Management Practices
Useful Links

Neil Giffen
Natural Resources Manager
National Environmental Research Park Manager

Facilities & Operations Directorate
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN 37830-6038
phone: 865-241-9421   fax:
(express mail include:
One Bethel Valley Road, Bldg. 4500N, Room G036, Mail Stop 6340)

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