The map above shows JMU habitat and biodiversity areas. These areas are planted with native pollinator species. They are maintained and supervised under JMU Integrated pest Management plan.

JMU has completed over 4,000 linear feet of natural stream restoration on campus and implemented 100,000 square feet of riparian buffers along these streams. As part of the recent stream restoration project completed in 2016 in the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, approximately 11,700 square feet of constructed wetlands were installed to help treat stormwater runoff from a highly impervious area of the city.

The university is fortunate to have four identified environmentally-sensitive areas: (1) Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, (2) the Port Republic Road Farm property, (3) the riparian corridors along Sibert Creek and other tributaries to Blacks Run, and (4) East Campus Hillside Area. The ecosystem services benefits of these areas include stormwater and flood mitigation, carbon sequestration, pollinator conservation, wildlife habitat, and the maintenance of a native seed bank. These areas also serve to replicate ecosystem succession, often with an overlay of experimental design and inquiry methods.

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