Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Native Plant Action Network
Dick Brown
Mt. Gretna, PA
motto: “We are all in this together”.

I have decided to focus on environmental issues that show our species how it can act locally and have a global impact. Energy, water quality, solid waste, air pollution, global warming, and other similar environmental issues all involve large numbers of people making difficult decisions. Result: Needed change comes very slowly, if at all.

Everyone lives on some piece of land somewhere and thus has an opportunity to have an impact on their local community. All land areas whether they be mowed lawns, farmed fields or vacant city lots, had in the past an assemblage of native plants growing there. So?

I am suggesting that we work where we can---in our own landscapes, yards, gardens, etc. to establish and maintain native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses. A landscape of concrete, blacktop, mowed lawn and alien plants is sterile and isolates us from the real world. By establishing plants native to the area where we have our home or our business, we give a wide variety of organisms a place to live and create a healthier environment for everyone.

My goal with the Native Plant Action Network is to provide information and assistance to anyone who is interested in moving toward a more natural landscape.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I will do what I can to help.