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Bighorn Canyon NRA's Cal S. Taggart Visitor Center in Lovell, Wyoming, will begin a landscape transformation process from its expansive lawns to more environmentally-friendly native plant beds with limited lawn areas. The reduced mowing and the eventual landscape renovation will help BICA comply with Executive Orders 13423 and 13514 for reduced energy and water use. It will also decrease the need for herbicides, fertilizers, while increasing biodiversity. The reduced mowing will result in less time on lawn maintenance, less pollution, and a savings on lawn care costs. All areas will have continued sprinkler irrigation in the short-term.
Eventually it will be determined where native plant beds, wind breaks, walking paths, picnic tables, benches, efficient lighting, lawn areas, and other site amenities can be installed to enhance the visitor experience while decreasing the environmental impacts of maintaining expansive lawns. Past public input has suggested an amphitheater or band shell be included to add value to the community identity and NPS environmental education efforts. Landscape changes will likely include a deer-resistant demonstration garden and ethno-botanical planting beds. Potential pedestrian links to the City of Lovell and the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center may also be incorporated. Drip irrigation will eventually be used in planting areas to reduce water consumption.
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