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g open lands as an integrated ecosystem," Dr. Pickett comments. Future management-relevant projects include investigating how urban trees influence air quality, how improving Baltimore's sewer system affects ecological processes, and documenting the ecological effects of restoring urban watersheds.

The City of Baltimore will be investing 1 billion dollars in the sewer infrastructure project; nearly 1 million dollars of US Forest Service funds will support the restoration of the urban watershed. Both projects will yield results useful to managers and decision makers, as well as educators and community groups in the affected water- and sewer-sheds. Michael T. Rains, Director of the USDA Forest Service's Northeastern Research Station, comments, "As we look ahead to concerns about protecting natural resource sustainability, the critical role of BES research cannot be overstated."

People are a major component of urban ecology and BES works to forge strong bonds with Baltimore residents, leaders and governmental agencies. Renewed funding will aid outreach and enrich education programs geared at increasing ecological literacy and recruiting future scientists from under-represented groups. Research findings will continue to be shared with the public and government agencies through the BES website, http://www.beslter.org.


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Contact: Lori M. Quillen
quillenl@ecostudies.org
845-677-7600 x321
Institute of Ecosystem Studies
27-Aug-2004


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