“Because life is fueled by the energy captured the sun by plants, it will be the plants that we use in our gardens that determine what nature will be like 10, 20, and 50 years from now.” – Doug Tallamy
Learn How to Create Your Own Homegrown National Park
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 1⁄2 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.
Meet the Ecologist Who Wants You to Unleash the Wild on Your Backyard!
Fed up with invasive species and sterile landscapes, Douglas Tallamy urges Americans to go native and go natural. Doug Tallamy is an entomologist with the University of Delaware. He is a well known author of several books including: Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard, Bringing Nature Home, and the Nature of Oaks.
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