Campus community input needed for grassland management plan

A graduate student in environmental studies is developing the first campuswide grassland management plan for UC Santa Cruz.

Justin Luong is trying to prioritize different campus grasslands for protection, given campus enrollment goals, sustainability goals, and the long range development plan. His project is supported by the Chancellor's Graduate Internship Program.

Along with ecological field surveys, Luong is also trying to determine the different uses of campus grasslands and meadows in the UC Santa Cruz community. A brief, anonymous survey will help him assess the community's use and priorities of different campus grasslands.

Professor Karen Holl is Luong's faculty sponsor for the project. Luong is also working with stakeholders across campus including campus planners, campus grassland managers, grounds services, natural reserve, Amah Mutsun tribal band members, and surrounding community members.