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Rewilding Urban Parks: The Potential Benefits of Non-Intervention
The spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent closure of businesses have proved nearly disastrous for city finances. In the years to come, city agencies such as Parks Departments will likely face significant budget cuts. At first glance, decreased funding for parkland appears deleterious for their long-term maintenance. But, for some landscape designers, this is an opportunity to step back and allow for the re-wilding of urban parks. This panel will examine the potential sustainable and social benefits of a “hands-off” approach to landscaping.

Learning Objectives:

-Understand the budgetary challenges facing landscape designers and parks departments.
-Learn of landscaping strategies for the re-wilding urban parks.
-Analyze the potential sustainability benefits of non-intervention.
-Discuss the state of the industry with leading landscape design experts.


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