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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Wild Ones and Native Landscaping

Common milkweed in a green field under sunlight
USFWS Midwest Region [via Flickr]

"I am a board member - so part of the team," says Margaret West of her ties to Wild Ones, a national organization focused on increasing native plants. The Duluth chapter of Wild Ones has been around since 2000.

Planting native species in backyards and private lands has massive benefits for the environment. Pollinators will attract appropriate insects which in turn attract native birds. The impact on the environment is a motivation, but so is the easy upkeep. "If we plant more native plants... it would only require mowing once or twice a year."

Creating a yard that is helpful to the local ecosystem doesn't take much and it can be healthy for the people around while providing an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere.

The Duluth chapter of Wild Ones meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Hartley Nature Center. To learn more about Wild Ones, visit the chapter website.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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