Fisheries Embraces Native Plant Landscaping
The US Fish and Wildlife Service, like other federal agencies, is working to reduce the negative impacts of its facilities on the environment. By using native plant gardens instead of conventional landscaping, Service facilities can reduce their use of water, fertilizers, pesticides and energy, while providing habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. Native plant gardens at Fisheries Program facilities can inspire the public to use native plant landscaping at home.
The Fisheries Program has been instrumental in several native plant landscaping projects. Working with other Service programs, other partners and volunteers, the Fisheries Program has helped establish native plant and pollinator gardens at:
In addition, the Lower Great Lakes Fishery Resource Office was instrumental in establishing native wildflower demonstration projects along roadsides in New York.
North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery
Richard Cronin National Salmon Station
This facility has a pollinator garden. Many of the plants are not native.
Lower Great Lakes Fishery Resources Office
A demonstration project consisting of ten acres of a roadside planted in mostly native wildflowers was completed.
White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery
AmeriCorps, Girl Scouts, 4-H and U.S. Forest Service Volunteers Team Up to Build Native Plant Garden at WSSNFH
The new Anniversary Amphitheater at WSSNFH received a facelift this spring thanks to a team of 30 volunteers from AmeriCorps, Girl Scouts, 4-H and the U.S. Forest Service. The amphitheater is now beautifully landscaped with a variety of trees, flowering plants and grasses native to the state of West Virginia. The native plant and butterfly garden was an all-volunteer effort lead by a team of AmeriCorps members from the U.S. Forest
Service in Marlinton, WV. AmeriCorps is a federal government program that gives students a chance to learn new skills and earn money for college while meeting critical needs in the community. AmeriCorps requires all volunteers to complete a community project as part of their service and this group decided to design and construct a native
plant garden on hatchery property as part of the National Pilot Outdoor Classroom. Volunteers from two local Girl Scout Troops (8157 and 1952) and a local 4-H group (The Lewisburg Strutters) spent the day enjoying the great outdoors, digging in the dirt, and learning about proper planting techniques. As part of the National Pilot Outdoor
Classroom, the native plant and butterfly garden will include identification signs for each native plant species in the garden as well as interpretive signs on a variety of subjects including plant biology, the ecological interaction between native plants and their pollinators and the water cycle.
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