The more you know about how native plants affect the local ecosystem, the better equipped you will be to make a difference.
Litter destroys habitats and harms insects and animals who get trapped in pieces of trash or mistake it for food. Cleaning up is a necessary first step in reviving our natural landscapes. Start your own cleanup initiative, or join one of ours!
By removing invasive and foreign plants and replacing them with native ones, we provide habitat and food for wildlife species – many of which are threatened or endangered. A relatively simple fix for such a devastating problem.
Landscaping your property with native plants can cut pesticide, herbicide, fertilizer, and water use by over 90%. Native plants are low-maintenance, are aesthetically pleasing and attract songbirds and butterflies.
Restore Native Plants hosts up to 2 park cleanups per year, dedicated to providing a safe and clean environment for wildlife and park patrons alike.
Habitat loss is the primary cause for the decrease in biodiversity and the loss of free services nature provides. We purchase and preserve ecologically intact land to help meet the growing need for open space. With 1,213 people per square mile, New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S. Going forward, open spaces will be the most cost-effective and efficient means to provide vital functions, such as improving water quality, protecting wildlife habitats and carbon dioxide sequestration.
The Monarch Butterfly population has declined 90 percent since the mid 1990s. In human population terms, that’s the same as losing every living person in the U.S. except for those in Florida and Ohio. This critical pollinator’s mortality rate is a sign of a collapsing ecosystem.
Our team frequently explores the local park system looking for animal species listed as endangered, threatened and of special concern. To date, we have found 25 species, including neotropical migrants, hawks, eagles, and amphibians.
Our team frequently explores the local park system looking for rare plants. In addition, we have planted threatened and endangered species on the properties we manage including rare milkweed species critical to the survival of the Monarch Butterfly.