Bringing Nature Home - How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
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 You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants (page10)Douglas W. Tallamy Native plants are well adapted to their particular ecological niche and so are often far less difficult to grow than species from other altitudes, latitudes, and habitats. After all, these plants evolved here and were just fine long before we laid our heavy hands on the landscape. Bringing Nature Home You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants (page12)Douglas W. Tallamy
Here is a link to a website created by one of YBPC's members, Ivonne Guzman Klink. You can view her beautiful collection of photos of the wildlife, flora and fauna found throughout the park.
The 34-mile Lenape Trail is a unique urban/suburban trail network connecting 18 parks and 11 municipalities in Essex County NJ. It offers a green respite in one of the most densely populated counties in the country. The Trail runs through Yantacaw Brook Park.