When it came time to put the finishing touches on Burlington’s largest municipal de-paving project, we took a strong ecological approach when selecting plant material to reclaim this former industrial landscape. Taking cues from the surrounding natural landscape, many native plants were chosen, including food-rich serviceberry and birch trees, and stands of dogwood and winterberry shrubs. Native plants provide seeds, berries, and nectar for pollinators like birds, moths, and butterflies while offering shelter and nesting sites throughout the year for birds.
Climate change predictions project increased flooding and water-erosion in Burlington. The de-paving of the Urban Reserve intercepts stormwater runoff, protecting the lake from nutrient and sediment loading and reducing erosion.
Native Tree Species
Native Shrub Species
Find a list of local native plant nurseries in Audubon’s Plants for Birds database: audubon.org/plantsforbirds