Native landscapes effectively clean water and air. They reduce flooding and help control erosion.
Natural areas are desirable amenities that can help define community identity. Studies have shown that natural areas enhance the economic value of residential properties.Tax-paying businesses are attracted to communities with high "quality of life".
Recreational activities support businesses, such as photography, outdoor equipment, fishing, and hunting supply industries.
Natural areas enhance the quality of life for people by providing opportunities for exercise, recreation, and solitude. Many psychologists believe that humans require contact with nature for emotional health and well-being.
Natural areas are homes, or habitat, for wildlife. Habitat provides wildlife water, food, shelter, nesting sites, and space to live. Native habitats support insects, birds, bats, and other animals that pollinate crops and control pest infestations.
The variety of life supported in natural areas preserves genetic diversity, which helps maintain evolutionary processes and stores genes that are potentially beneficial to humans.
What Can Be Done To Sustain Native Habitats?
- We can reduce human impacts through personal action and stewardship.
- We can help preserve and restore important native landscapes.
- Practicing responsible development and planning techniques.