Improve Arkansas’ ecosystem by planting native species
Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB) is encouraging Arkansans to participate in National Planting Day, a Keep America Beautiful event, held on Saturday, Sept. 8, to celebrate the benefits of native tree, flower and plant species to the environment.
“We hope Arkansans will use National Planting Day as an opportunity to join together in creating a green, beautiful environment for people and animals to live in,” said Robert Phelps, director of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission. “Besides making communities more pleasing to the eye, planting positively impacts economic growth, community pride and the preservation of local ecosystems.”
Native plant species are losing ground to suburbanization and fragmented habitats, yet they provide the best sources of food and habitat for pollinators and other important wildlife. Native plants also require less maintenance and water than ornamentals.
Community groups, businesses and individuals are encouraged to register their planting events and inform Keep Arkansas Beautiful by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.