“Protecting Pollinators and Ourselves” by Greg Levine
Protecting Pollinators and Ourselves
By Greg Levine, Co- Executive Director & Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta
Recently the board members of a townhome community off Briarcliff Road asked Trees Atlanta to advise them on using more ecological practices to manage their wooded property. This is the first time I can remember receiving such a request. I believed it was a good sign that there is an increasing interest in sustainable land care and was excited to see how we could help.
Our Forest Restoration staff has become experts at managing invasive plants and restoring bio-diversity to our urban forest. Over the last five years, they have gained an enormous amount of experience establishing meadows and prairies as well. These plantings include a mix of native wildflowers and grasses that are excellent sources of food and habitat for wildlife and pollinators. At the same time, the Atlanta community’s interest in using native plants for pollinator habitat in community gardens, private residences and Atlanta BeltLine projects has grown significantly.
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