Recently, Tucson residents came forward expressing their displeasure with the city’s removal of native vegetation outside the City Council Ward 3 office, shared on Patch.com. At one time, groups of volunteers and staff took the time to meticulously plant beds of wildflowers, milkweeds, vines, and more. Now, a pile of dirt and rocks sits in its place.
Uprooting the garden sparked complaints and conversation among the community about the importance of cultivating native vegetation. With urban development on the rise, it’s more important than ever to support native plant life.
What Native Vegetation Does For the Environment
Native vegetation occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without human intervention. Being adapted to the climate and soil conditions, native plants present no risk to the land or habitat. In fact, it’s the complete opposite, native vegetation instead preserves biodiversity. One way it does this is by providing a home and a source of food for neighboring organisms.
From sustaining wildlife to reducing pollution, there are many ways preserving native vegetation could benefit your community and the environment.
Benefits of Planting Native Vegetation
Since native vegetation is acclimated to the weather, environment, and conditions, not much “care” needs to go into the upkeep of these plants. They are more resilient toward common diseases, droughts, wind, and heat which will save you money that you might otherwise spend on keeping non-native plants alive.
Native plants protect the environment. Not only do they not require fertilizers and fewer pesticides to grow, but they also prevent erosion. Native vegetation works to bind the soil and its root systems together, making it harder for water to wash away the soil. This is especially vital in the desert due to the monsoon season, which is a major contributor to soil erosion in our community.
When non-native plants are introduced to a region, they often adversely affect the region where they’re being introduced. Biodiversity suffers because non-native plants outcompete native species for resources, leading to permanently altered habitats and potential extinction for organisms who rely on native vegetation. Planting and caring for native vegetation can prevent any degradation and sustain a healthy, functioning ecosystem.
You can preserve native vegetation in your community by planting at your own home or advocating for the maintenance of native vegetation in your area. Making changes citywide could positively affect the climate and maintain our biodiversity.
Using Audubon’s Native Plant Database at https://www.audubon.org/native-plants, you can discover which plants fit best in your region. You can also discover what wildlife you may attract and help protect.
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