The conservation and stewardship of our land resources has important practical values. It leads to healthy air, food, and drinking water; reduced consumption and dependency on energy; protection and enhancement of wildfire populations; and the fostering of diversity within the landscape.
You can join the effort by helping us extend our reach to your backyard.
Westchester Land Trust encourages landowners to consider naturalizing their properties. Property owners who choose plants that will “naturalize” in areas within their properties such as wetlands, woodlands, meadows, and riparian buffers along streams and along pond edges can make a significant contribution to the conservation of resources. Not only will these plantings enhance the conservation value of the property while saving energy and reducing the need for extraordinary care and avoidable maintenance costs, but they also make your land more attractive to plants and wildlife of all kinds.
It is important to know, however, that ‘naturalized’ does not mean maintenance free. All landscapes need to be cared for, and care means work. The benefit? The work invested into a naturalized landscape contributes to a diverse and healthy environment.