Our urban forests are low diversity places. Past landscaping choices have led to communities dominated by only one or a few tree species. Our streets used to be lined with American elms. After Dutch elm disease decimated them, everyone planted ash trees and along came emerald ash borer. A perfect opportunity exists to move towards diverse urban forest that are resilient to future pest or disease outbreaks and provide benefits to both the human and wildlife members of the community.
Presenter Chris Evans is an Extension Forester and Researcher with the University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and vice president of the local chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society. Chris has expertise in invasive species management, forest health and restoration. He has degrees in Wildlife Biology and Forestry.
This program is free and open to the public!
Sponsored by Tupelo Chapter of Wild Ones Native Landscapers
Wild Ones® began in 1979 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and became a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation in 1990. Membership currently totals more than 3000 nationwide, with fifty- six active chapters in fourteen states.
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.
Members hold monthly meetings and participate in field trips, seed collecting, plant rescues, and slide lectures by various experts in the field. At the national level there is the bi-monthly publication, the Wild Ones Journal, which contains interesting articles and practical advice about natural landscaping and biodiversity.