Mission, Benefits, Issues

Our Mission:

  • to enjoy suburban and urban yards as part of the natural ecosystem
  • to support native pollinators and wildlife
  • to create landscapes that take carbon out of the air
  • to minimize practices that put carbon into the air or use pesticides and herbicides
  • to create healthy water systems
  • to sustain and encourage native food sources

Benefits: Why do we care about transitioning our yards to native habitat?

  • A healthy native ecosystem supports native pollinators, which are needed to assure healthy and sustainable crops.
  • A native ecosystem, such as an Eastern Deciduous Forest or a meadow, sequesters more carbon than a lawn.
  • A native ecosystem, with its deeper root system than lawns, reduces water runoff and creates a healthier watershed and aquifer, costing less to obtain clean drinking water.
  • Herbaceous plants and trees, because of their greater leaf surface area, clean more pollutants from the air and give us more oxygen to breath than lawns.
  • Plant diversity protects against plant disease, leading to less use of pesticides and herbicides.
  • Native plantings, since they have evolved to fit the local climate and soil conditions, require less time and care.
  • Native plantings support the local native ecosystem, which in turn can provide us with food, pharmaceuticals and a sense of place. 
  • Many of the anticipated risks of climate change are associated with changes in biodiversity, such as infectious disease vectors or food resources.
  • Native plantings support more wildlife, giving us the joy of watching butterflies, birds and other co-inhabitants of our planet.
  • Native landscapes are more sustainable, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.


Issues:

Suburban sprawl fragments the wild lands.  
    Solution:  Landscape suburban yards to increase the wildlife corridors, planting those species that provide food, nesting and shelter.
Buildings and roads create impervious surfaces.  
    Solutions: Use pervious surfaces, green roofs, rain gardens, rain barrels and other means to sequester the rainwater on site in order to provide a healthy aquifer for the wildlife and ourselves.
Use of herbicides, pesticides and antiquated gardening techniques poisons our land, water and wildlife and ourselves.
    Solutions: Use organic or other gardening practices that reduce reliance on chemicals.  Learn to identify native plants and only treat invasive/non-native plants as weeds.  Enjoy the insects in your garden, using insect predators to control the invasive or antagonistic insects.
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