100 Ideas for New Paltz

100. use only native plants when landscaping

Posted in agriculture, environment, parks by Jason West on June 7, 2009

in consultation with organizations like Hudsonia, Ltd., the Nature Conservancy and the Department of Environmental Conservation, develop a program to use only native, non-invasive species when planting on publicly owned land like parks, medians and other public spaces.

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  1. John House said, on April 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Yes use mostly natives but don’t rule out non-natives. Permaculture folks will tell you its not non-natives… its invasives thats the problem. Non-natives can can be great for building and remediating soil and creating food. Also here is idea 101. Get a permaculture designer to look at town and village property and develop real sustainable land practices. We are still mowing too much and not building soil or filtering water at capacity. I know a number of folks who’d be willing to do some preliminary consulting for free if we start working towards making New Paltz the small town Permaculture exemplar.


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