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Citizens for Conservation Hosts Capacity Crowd for Douglas Tallamy

February 19, 2011 | Citizens for Conservation | Barrington, IL


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Twenty-Two Million Acre Park Proposed


BARRINGTON, IL -- Douglas Tallamy proposes that we create a new 22-million acre national park. This “Suburban National Park” could become reality if every homeowner in the country replaced half his lawn with native plants.

A capacity audience attended Tallamy's program sponsored by Citizens for Conservation's Community Education Committee on February 12. “We have been gardening for aesthetics,” he said, “and we need to start gardening for sustainability.”  Instead of putting beds of native flowers in a lawn, we can plant beds of lawn grass only where it is needed in a yard filled with native plants.

Tallamy’s book Bringing Nature Home has been widely praised as a science-based case for the use of native plants in home landscaping. More than that, he shows that diverse native species support a healthy environment for birds, other wildlife, and people. At the University of Delaware where he is a professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, research has shown that native plants support far more species of insects than do alien plants. For example, oak trees support 534 species of Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies). These native insects are essential food for 90% of birds as well as for spiders and many small mammals. The web of life which nourishes us begins with plants that support a wide variety of insects. Biodiversity is a national resource, according to Tallamy. Just as we protect air and water, we should protect biodiversity, and that’s easy for homeowners to do.


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