Preservation of quality natural remnants and habitats has become routine in new projects that threaten wetlands. But law does not require we preserve woodlands or grasslands. Consequently, these ecosystems are diminished time and time again by developments of many kinds. Why should we care? There are many reasons.
Protecting quality remnants protects individual plants that could:
* serve as sources of new medicinal remedies,
* provide recreation as in photography, etc.,
* be key to applied scientific study,
* act as indicators of environmental health,
* enhance diminishing wildlife habitat,
* uplift the human spirit,
* preserve local natural heritage,
* add to the aesthetic beauty of the place,
* reflect regional identity,
* and survive as connections to the greater community of life.
For roadside managers, protecting quality remnants has more than environmental
benefits. Economical benefits include:
* no cost to plant natives where they already exist,
* maintenance cost is less than mowed turfs,
* public support leads to legislative support,
* undisturbed native plantings have fewer weed problems, and
* increased value to their own community's quality of life.
Considering these environmental and economic benefits, we should follow the lead of States like Delaware, Minnesota, Missouri, California, and others who already protect remnants. Check the Best Management Practices section to learn more.
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