With new construction projects popping up around campus, many areas become dumping grounds for materials or waste.
One group on campus is trying to change that with native plants.
The Natural Area Teaching Laboratory works with students and volunteers to restore areas on campus that are lacking vegetation.
Gage LaPierre is a PhD student at the University of Florida and helps lead this group in their goal of reintroducing native plants to open spaces around campus.
“The main objective would be to restore the species diversity that was there, the ecosystem function, so allowing the positive feedback with fire, allowing the burns to be lower in intensity. The secondary, of course, is aesthetics,” LaPierre said.