Traditional landscaping and lawn and garden care pose a serious threat to native plant communities and wildlife habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The use of native plants in landscaping and habitat enhancement and restoration has grown exponentially in recent years, as communities, schools, businesses, watershed groups, organizations, governments, and many others are enhancing and restoring habitat, solving ecological problems, reducing maintenance, or just beautifying surroundings.
It quickly became apparent that an accurate and definitive reference to appropriate native plant species was needed to guide these projects and assure that they are successful and environmentally beneficial.
In late 2003, Chesapeake Bay Field Office completed production of a long-awaited publication, Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Within three months of printing, all 15,000 copies of this 82-page guide had been distributed through requests. Rave reviews and continued demand spurred the coordination of a second printing.
Grants were secured from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Trust toward a second printing More than thirty-five partner agencies and organizations stepped up to support the project, providing for 35,000 new copies. With this second printing, an immense number of landscape designers, conservation educators, master gardeners and novice gardeners can utilize conservation landscaping.
To receive a free copy of Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed contact: Mary Cordovilla, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, 410- 573- 4591, firstname.lastname@example.org. The guide is also available online at www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/ thanks to partners at the Plant Conservation Alliance.