Many desire beautiful and healthy green spaces in our lives. These green spaces -- backyards, front-lawns, tree-lined streets, parks, golf-courses, and fields -- are central to our identity as urban or suburban communities in America. However, not all green spaces are created equal. Much of the “green” that our communities adopt are non-native mono-cultures that require a high level of chemical and labor inputs to maintain, with negative impact on our biodiversity, water quality, greenhouse gases, and environmental health. Our private and public spaces are increasingly covered with Conventional, High-Input, Exotic, Mono-cultural (CHEM) Landscapes.
The reason we continue to embrace CHEM landscapes iis not so much a lack of desire for alternatives as a lack of social structures that make it easy to develop sustainable alternatives.
Instead, would it not make sense to transform our green and brown spaces to be bio-diverse habitats with native plants that are equally beautiful, bird-bee-butterfly friendly, easier to maintain, consume fewer resources and have far more environmental benefits?
ReWilding is the act of protecting, restoring, and creating new habitats to support biological diversity, a term which refers to the variety of life at all levels - from biological communities to species to the genetic differences of populations within a species that are crucial to maintaining our healthy local ecological landscape. The problems we seek to counter are climate change, habitat loss, spread of invasive species, pollution, and over exploitation of natural resources, all of which are harming local and global biodiversity. The habitats we create with locally sourced native plants and food plants serve as part of a network of connections or stepping-stones that link populations of wildlife over the course of their migratory cycles and ranges. By restoring local habitats, promoting best practices including the use of non-toxic materials, and by education and advocacy, we are helping to promote the health of the landscape and an ecologically-minded culture.
Not only does ReWilding help the world at large and your community in particular, but site-appropriate Native Plants consume less water, no fertilizers nor fossil-derived products, saving us money, time and resources!