In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute teamed up to build a new habitat for frogs, salamanders, and other animals that live in the arid western U.S. in an effort to provide them with the environment they need to thrive.
The project, called Turf to Grass, was officially launched in early 2018, with a goal of transforming 20 million acres of arid lands in 10 states into habitats that can support diverse ecosystems.
TurfToGrass is the first of a series of projects that will bring new species of frogs, amphibians, and plants to the United States.
The new habitat, which includes a waterless lawn and tree-like grasses, will provide the animals with a habitat that mimics the natural landscape.
The frogs are native to Central and South America and the amphibians are native from Southeast Asia and the northern part of the Pacific Ocean.
In addition to being a good habitat for wildlife, it is also an ideal habitat for the natural predators that are common in arid habitats, such as the giant black-footed ferret and the large ground sloth, said lead scientist Dr. James Cramer.
The animals can live on grass and other soil-living plants, and the grass is rich in minerals.
The frogs are also able to reproduce more easily than in the less biologically diverse areas of their habitat.
The team also hopes to use the grass to help regenerate and replenish the natural soil.
“They’re not going to be able to find any new plants to replace the native plants,” said Cramer, who was lead author of a study published in the journal Nature Communications.
“But we want to see how that happens.”
The Frogs and the Amphibians Turf-to-Grass project is part of a growing effort to develop new habitats in aridity-prone regions.
For years, researchers have been trying to come up with ways to make arid areas more suitable for the species that live there.
For instance, the U.K. Department of Agriculture is trying to develop a system that allows for a more sustainable food supply for frogs.
Another approach is to create new ecosystems where frogs and other creatures can thrive.
Turfs to Grass is part that effort.
The project aims to transform 20 million acre-feet (7 million square kilometers) of aridity in the U to a more biologically diverse environment.
(Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution) In the past, the effort has mostly focused on arid regions, such in Colorado and Utah.
The goal is to take the best of the best, including the amphibian species, and improve them to the point where they can support the new habitats.
“We’re trying to create a new type of habitat,” Cramer said.
“In this case, it’s an artificial turf surface.”
The project will include a watery lawn and an artificial tree-shaped grass, as well as a tree-filled hill and an artesian waterway.
The grass is a native of Central and Southeast Asia, where it is known as “green grass.”
The trees will grow to 30 feet (9 meters) high.
The trees and hill will be designed so that they will absorb moisture from the environment and support the animals.
Turfing will allow the animals to survive in areas with high humidity, where the air can be dry and the animals will be able see more of the forest floor.
The hill will serve as a water supply.
Cramer said the new grass will also be a good source of calcium and phosphorus.
“If you’ve got a lot of salamander or frog habitat, you’re going to need that,” Cramersaid.
“You’re going for the nutrients.
The water will take care of it.”
The new habitats are intended to help frogs and amphibians thrive in a changing environment.
The amphibians will also benefit from the habitat, as the trees will help with their digestion, and there will be a greater opportunity for them to live in a new environment.
Cramer and his colleagues plan to have the trees mature before planting.
The tree-covered hill will provide a habitat for large ground swifts, which the team hopes will help to reduce their population.
The species will be released into the wild in 2018.
“It’s not just about making the habitat more suitable,” Craner said.
It’s about the overall habitat that the frogs and animals will live in.
“The National Geographic team plans to start planting the new turf this summer.
What we’re trying really hard to do is get a natural grass, which has a better chemical profile and has a lower water absorption, and then we’ll plant it and see what happens,” Craker said.