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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Theodore Payne Native Plant Foundation of Los Angeles articulates the the benefits of GOING NATIVE and creating an indigenous landscape on your property--------You do your part rewilding the fauna and flora in your region, optimizing the chance for life to flourish ---I just ripped up a section of my lawn adjacent to my driveway, planting the Chaparral array of native plants that call this region home---Butterflys and Hummingbirds greeted me as I walked off my 10am-2pm digging, planting and mulching project...........Guys, nothing better than being out there doing your thing and restoring a little piece of natures creation

Theodore Payne Foundation - Summer Hours

Discover the Beauty of Native Plants

beautify the landscape
native plants are rich in color, form, texture, and aroma – with careful design, your garden can have flowers year round
nurture pollinators and other wildlife
native plants provide food and shelter for birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators
save water
once established, California native gardens use, on average, 80% less water than conventional gardens
thrive in our local climate
native plants are adapted to our natural cycles, responding to cool, wet winters with lush growth and slowing down during the hot, dry summers
prefer our soils
native plants do well in our native soils and do not require soil amendments or fertilizers
cut pesticide use
native plants typically have fewer pest problems than non-natives because they have co-evolved with native insects
minimize your carbon footprint
most California native plants are grown in state and travel short distances to your nursery
reduce maintenance
a well-designed native garden, planted for the mature size of the plants, can require very little maintenance once established
can be installed at low cost
native gardens can easily be started with one-gallon size plants, saving on installation costs
cool the environment
even through native plants are water thrifty, they play an active role in the water cycle, adding cooling moisture to the atmosphere
harmonize with diverse garden styles
from cottage to formal to contemporary, there are native plants for every design
create a sense of place
the diversity of our flora means gardeners have many options for creating place-specific, local gardens that connect us with California's past and its future

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