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The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, a woodland sanctuary on the James Madison University campus, is a public urban garden and forested greenspace that preserves native plant species, provides opportunities for research, and promotes knowledge of the botanical and natural world for people of all ages. In 2015, the Arboretum’s stream was restored using natural stream channel design to reduce erosion, reconnect the natural floodplain, decrease pollutants, and enhanced the sustainability and beauty of this campus landmark. The Arboretum remains an educational tool and a living laboratory where JMU faculty and students frequently study both the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems of this unique urban landscape.

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is location 18 on the tour map.


Stormwater Monitoring in the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Impacts of Stream Restoration, Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert Brent, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, Undergraduate Research Assistants: Matthew McCarter, Carli Kohler, and Ben Peterson.

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum Stream Restoration and Storm Water Monitoring, Matthew McCarter and Carli Kohler, Advisor: Dr. Robert Brent, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, ISAT Capstone Project, April 2016.

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum Weather and Stormwater Flow Report, Advisor: Dr. Robert Brent, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, Intern: Jeff Ralph, April 2013.

Dr. Heather Peckham Griscom, Department of Biology, and her students have collected statistical data from a one-hectare test plot of 300 native species trees found within the woodland of the Arboretum. Through this data, they can study the timing of leaf and flower flush in the spring, and they may also track bird migration and arboreal diseases. These data are entered into to the USA National Phenology Network to help document the phenological response to climate change and will be available to the research community and the general public. 


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