- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A group of volunteers has collected over 1,000 native plants at Oregon State University-Cascades’ planned campus, a task that has offered the campus a unique look and has cut landscaping costs.

The Bend Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/1K8uEhW ) senior instructor at the university, Matt Shinderman, says he and about 10 volunteers have collected 1,300 native plants at the 10-acre site. The plants, which include bunch grasses, wildflowers and bushes, are an alternative to the expansive green lawns seen on other college campuses throughout the country.

Shinderman says the plants won’t need to be watered or maintained and could also serve as a “living laboratory” for students.

The campus is expected to be completed by fall 2016.

For now, the potted plants will be held at Winter Creek Restoration and Nursery in Bend.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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