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.
As of 2017, Restore Native Plants has received many wildlife certifications for our property (with more on the way), and won local awards for its efforts. Our efforts to safeguard the local environment and preserve our American heritage continue to grow and expand.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.