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Prairie hits ‘big turning point’ as volunteers establish native plants

John Marlin, a volunteer, coordinates the work done to maintain the prairie at the corner of Florida Avenue and Orchard Street.

July 21, 2014

The corner of Florida and Orchard used to be a no-mow zone — a drab collection of tall grasses and weeds — but then the Student Sustainability Committee started a project in 2010 to spruce the area up, transforming it into a prairie. Last week that same prairie was in a colorful bloom, with two ...