Downtown and lakes
Researcher transplanting lichen onto a tree
Researcher Collecting butterflies in field with train in background
researcher in red jacket showing lake surrounded by woods
photo by Nanci Vang

LTER researchers study how urban residents interact with urban nature, and how the benefits and burdens of urban nature are not experienced equally by all.

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We aim to better understand urban ecosystems, as well as the policies and practices that shape them, to improve environmental outcomes for all residents.

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The LTER Network

The MSP LTER is part of a network of LTER sites funded by the National Science Foundation working together to broaden our understanding of the nation’s ecological services. 

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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