Members of the Eastern community and representatives from local tribes joined EWU President Mary Cullinan on Wednesday to launch a major sustainability initiative that will return one-third of EWU-owned land to its native habitat.

The Prairie Restoration Project will restore 100 acres of farmland to the west of campus to its original “Palouse” condition.

The goal is to create a “living laboratory” for research, provide hands-on learning experiences for students and to engage the local community through recreational activities such as walking, hiking and biking.