Exciting - Sally Barber's Article about Doug Tallamy
Sally wrote a great article about Doug Tallamy's "Grow your own National Park" talk in Elk Rapids on August 24th!
Doug Tallamy to Speak in Elk Rapids on August 24th💚 at HERTH
Doug Tallamy, professor, researcher, and renowned author, will be hosted by Green Elk Rapids on Thursday, August 24, for a community presentation about "Homegrown National Park", an exciting project that shows how small changes have a big impact.
Doug will Speak in Elk Rapids About...
Our parks, preserves, and remaining wildlands – no matter how grand in scale – are too small and separated from one another to sustain the native trees, plants, insects and animals on which our ecosystems depend. We can fix this problem by practicing conservation outside of wildlands, where we live, work, shop, and farm. Thus, the concept for Homegrown National park: a national challenge to create diverse ecosystems in our yards, communities, and surrounding lands by reducing lawn, planting native, and removing invasives. The goal of HNP is to create a national movement to restore 20 million acres with natives, an area representing ½ of what is now in lawn. We are at a critical point where we are losing so many native plant and animal species that our natural life support is in jeopardy. However, if many people make small changes, we can restore healthy ecological networks and weather the changes ahead.
"All plants are not created equal, particularly in their ability to support wildlife. Most of our native plant-eaters are not able to eat alien plants, and we are replacing native plants with alien species at an alarming rate, especially in the suburban gardens on which our wildlife increasingly depends. My central message is that unless we restore native plants to our suburban ecosystems, the future of biodiversity in the United States is dim.” - Bringing Nature Home - Doug Tallamy