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Ecological Revitalization: Restoring Lands

Superfund Redevelopment:
Innovation in Action
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The Atlas Tack Superfund site in Massachusetts sustains more than 14,000 native plant species.

Superfund cleanups protect and restore the environment as well as public health. Before natural systems at Superfund sites can support parks, wildlife habitat, farmland and forests, they often need to be restored to functioning and sustainable use. This process – increasing or improving habitat for plants and animals – is called ecological revitalization.

Restored ecosystems help people live healthier lives and have fun. Ecological revitalization improves soil health and supports diverse vegetation, sequesters carbon, protects air and water quality, and sets the stage for wildlife habitat and passive recreation opportunities, including hunting, hiking, biking, horseback riding and bird watching, as well as environmental education. Through 2012, nearly 100 Superfund sites nationwide are in planned or actual ecological reuse.

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Ecological Reuse Examples

Continued ecological use and new ecological reuse site examples are listed on the Green Space Reuse Type Page.