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What is a Native Plant? A Legal and Ecological View

“A native plant species is one that occurs naturally in a particular habitat, ecosystem, or region of the United States and it’s Territories or Possessions, without direct of indirect human actions.”

-Bureau of Land Management, Federal Native Plant Conservation Committee

A native plant is “a plant that has evolved in a given place over a period of time sufficient to develop complex and essential relationships with the physical environment and other organisms in a given ecological community.”

-Doug Tallany, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware

For more information on definitions of Native, Non-native, Invasive, Weed, Noxious Weed and more, visit US Dept of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The Benefits of Planting Natives:

  • Low-maintenance – Native plants are adapted to Colorado soils and do not require soil amendments and fertilizers.  They are also adapted to Colorado weather.
  • Low-water – They are typically low-water plants, having adapted to the arid climate of Colorado. Once established, native plants require little supplemental irrigation.
  • Ecologically valuable – Native plants provide food, shelter, and nesting areas for native bees, birds, butterflies, and other insects that are important for our food chain.

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Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.