Restore Native Plants is an innovative team focused on restoring the region’s native plant and animal species – many of which have become threatened and endangered.
In doing so, we aspire to bring the environment back to its original, self-sustaining state, allowing the ecosystem to thrive for generations to come.
Restore Native Plants, Wildlife and Landmark Structures, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation (tax ID number 82-3559181).
Our team uses an interdisciplinary approach to solve these environmental problems plaguing our region, and ultimately, the planet. Much of our time is utilized removing non-native or invasive plant species and replacing them with indigenous species with high wildlife value.
We also place a high value on the education of others, and often engage in park cleanup projects, consulting engagements, advocacy efforts, and speaking engagements. Combining these tools with the ambitions of other like-minded people, Restore Native Plants has made a considerable difference in the short time since its inception.
Restore Native Plants was founded in 2013 by Dr. Ben Burton, an environmentalist, and entrepreneur.
Ben’s eyes were opened to the shockingly high extinction rates of local plant and animal species after reading Douglas Tallamy’s book Bringing Nature Home. In his book, Tallamy articulates the complex interdependency relationship between plants, animals, and insects, and explains the importance of native plants in maintaining biodiversity.
Ben became determined to take his commitment a step further and find ways to restore local habitats with their native plant species. Thus, Restore Native Plants was formed.
Since launching, Restore Native Plants has been hugely successful in reviving the native landscape and helping local wildlife to thrive through a variety of initiatives: park clean-ups, landscaping consultations, and environmental advocacy. Our team has identified 20 rare and endangered plant and animal species in Ramapo Mountain State Forest and reported our findings to the NJDEP to further ensure their protection.