Why Use Native Plants?
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Native or indigenous plants naturally occur in the region which they evolved. They are adapted to local soil, rainfall and temperature conditions, and have developed natural defenses to many insects and diseases. Because of these traits, native plants will grow with minimal use of water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Wildlife species evolve with plants, therefore, they use native plant communities as their habitat. Using native plants helps preserve the balance and beauty of natural ecosystems.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value."
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States and founder of the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1903.
The Dorchester Garden Club joins the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Horticulture & Forestry.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (within shouting distance of this marker); Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge-Taking Refuge from Slavery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Welcome to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway (approx. 1.1 miles away); Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pool One at Wildlife Drive (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.