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Wednesday, February 8 • 11:20am - 11:40am
Symposia Session - S9: Landscape Conservation Science and Management. Helping Stakeholders Understand Vegetative Changes on Two Large-scale Prairie Green Roofs in the Flint Hills Eco-region

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AUTHORS: 1) Lee R. Skabelund, Kansas State University (KSU), Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning; 2) Deon van der Merwe, KSU, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab; 3) Stacy Hutchinson, Ajay Sharda, Trisha Moore - KSU, Dept. of Biological & Agricultural Engineering (BAE); 4) Mary Knapp, KSU, Dept. of Agronomy; 5) Dale Bremer, KSU, Horticulture & Natural Resources; 6) Elizabeth Musoke, Allyssa Decker - KSU, College of Architecture, Planning & Design, Environmental Design & Planning ; 7) Ryan Peters, KSU, Dept. of Horticulture & Natural Resources; 8) Kyle Koehler, Priyasha Shrestha, Pamela Blackmore - KSU-LARCP; 9) Devon Bandad, KSU-BAE; 10) Mark Mayfield, KSU Herbarium, Division of Biology; 11) Jeffrey L. Bruce, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, LLC

ABSTRACT: Providing diverse, living vegetative coverage is deemed vital to optimize ecosystem services on green roofs. Kansas State University (KSU) faculty and students initiated studies of vegetation growing on two large green roofs on the KSU campus in 2016. Combined, the Memorial Stadium green roofs were seeded and planted with 30 native species and encompass more than 34,000 square feet. Research interests are two-fold: 1) to track vegetative change and understand what species do well on these steeply-sloped, 5-6-inch deep prairie-like systems (then suggest vegetative management strategies); and 2) to track soil/substrate moisture and supplemental irrigation (thus encouraging wise use of potable water). We hope that pollinator and bird studies might be done in the future by entomology and biology/ecology researchers. The success of the two MS-GRs depends on how they evolve over time, including how they conserve resources while achieving project goals and providing expected benefits. As such, understanding and communicating the goals and values of the designer and key stakeholders (especially KSU-Facilities personnel, responsible for managing the green roofs long-term) are vital. The primary purpose of the Memorial Stadium green roofs is to protect the structural integrity of each rooftop by limiting the number of people who can occupy these stadium roofs. Additionally, the two green roofs were created to communicate KSU’s commitment to sustainability and create recognizable landmarks related to the prairie ecology of the Flint Hills on campus. Other ecosystem services are expected to accrue, including capturing some rain and snowfall, and restoring habitat for prairie birds and pollinators.
In late June 2016, researchers completed baseline studies along eight, 100-foot transects on each roof. May-September 2016 observations have helped document total species richness and vegetative coverage. Color-infrared imaging and thermal imaging via a small unmanned aircraft system are part of the vegetation analysis methodology.

Wednesday February 8, 2017 11:20am - 11:40am
Grand Ballroom E

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