The Blandy Experimental Farm contains several land use types typically found in rural-suburban landscapes. This mix of land use types is typical and representative in the Middle Atlantic Domain. This site will be under increasing ecological pressure from urbanization within the rapidly growing megapolitan area. The amount of land cover and associated ecosystem processes in each of these land use types is expected to change over time.
The Blandy site is dominated by fallow scrubland. Goldenrod (Solidago altissima) and hay crops are two of the dominant vegetation types. There are successional species, shrubs and fragmented secondary forests surrounding the site.
This site provides a baseline understanding of the regional effects of land use, particularly related to expected increases in rates of urbanization and resulting changes in biodiversity, biogeochemistry, and infectious and invasive species biology.