The Dirty Dozen Campaign names The Twelve Most UNWANTED Invasive Plants
“The Dirty Dozen”: The Twelve Worst Invasive Plants on Long Island
The Callery Pear, a popular street tree for some reason, is invasive. It’s seeds are carried by birds into our woods. It is a brittle tree, short lived, fast growing. It’s roots destroy sidewalks. Yet people are taken in for their supposed aesthetic beauty — the spring flowers and fall leaves.
Increasingly, people are challenging local zoning laws and home owner’s association rules governing how one maintains one’s yard, asserting our right to native plants
The Long Island Conservancy and Marshall Brown are champions for native plants and for local habitat restoration. We need to plant natives in our yards as habitat for local wildlife.
The American Beech is in grave danger from Beech Leaf Disease. It’s a race for a cure.
Lawns are expensive, costly to the environment, to our health and well being.