Want to grow your own native Pine Bush species? The Glacial
Lake Albany Native Plant Restoration Project now encourages
the planting of native species in places that, before development,
were Pine Bush. These native plants grow well in the sandy soil.
And, by using native plants, residents can avoid planting non-native
species. These non-native, or alien species, can invade the
Pine Bush Preserve and wreck havoc on the native ecosystem.
nesses and factories? Surely the City could help to attract
reinvestment in the downtown. And we need to tell people what
the downtown has to offer: its historic sites, its business
and cultural centers, its river, its waterfront.
Planting native species benefits your garden too: Plants that
grow naturally in the Pine Bush are accustomed to the sandy,
nutrient poor soils. Money can be saved over the long-term by
reducing the need for fertilizers, irrigation systems, and regular
watering. Also, native plants provide food and cover for butterflies
and other wildlife. Watching wildlife attracted to your native
landscape is fun and educational.
Collection of plants from the wild is discouraged and prohibited
in some places and is damaging to the ecosystem. Instead, buy
plants from local nurseries that grow and sell native plants.
For more information, please contact the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Commission at 785-1800, and ask for their brochure “Landscaping
with Native Plants in the Glacial Lake Albany Sandbelt.”
Printed in the May/June 2001 Newsletter