Restoring Native Plant Communties
Once the negative impacts to natural systems are remedied (see wildlife and invasive plant management), restoring native plant communities becomes imperative lest invasive plants re-establish themselves in the cleared area.
Many learn in grammar school that plants produce oxygen and filter water for the benefit of human civilization, however, most do not realize the intricate relationships that native plant communities have with a properly functioning ecosystem.
They are essential in the complex food web for wildlife and humans. Plants are the "base" of the food web and all of the Earth's animals, including human society, are directly or indirectly dependent on plants for food. Plants are the only organisms capable of capturing the energy from the sun and translating that energy through plant material to the animal consuming it. Healthy native plant communities are essential for a healthy, functioning ecosystem.
Landscape and Habitat Management Guidelines:
Native Plant Nursery - The Native Plant Nursery is aiding in our restoration work by providing tens of thousands of plants annually which are native to the property and the surrounding region.
Native plant seeds are collected at Duke Farms and other regional locales. After they are collected, they are processed and grown by our staff horticulturists. These plants are then planted on the property as we continue to reestablish vigorous, functioning habitats and natural communities.
Volunteers planting native plants from our Native Plant Nursery by the Farm Barn Tram Stop.
A look inside our Native Plant Nursery.