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The Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area (MSP) Long Term Ecological Research program brings together dozens of researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Water Bar, to study how urban stressors affect the ecological structure and functioning of urban nature, including for pollinators, the urban forest, urban watersheds, and lakes and streams. Researchers also study how urban residents interact with urban nature, and how the benefits and burdens of urban nature are not experienced equally by all residents. Ultimately, LTER researchers aim to better understand urban nature, as well as the policies and practices that are currently in place, to improve environmental outcomes for all residents.

Welcome! We are excited to share the beginning of the new NSF-funded Urban LTER, MSP. This website is in the early stage of development as a communication tool. Much more to come.

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This work is funded by the National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research Program

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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MSP LTER is part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network