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FINAL THOUGHTS

Planning, implementing, and maintaining a native plant project can be a considerable undertaking. As is detailed in this manual, there are many important considerations that project managers should be aware of before deciding to use native plants. Using native plants can ensure that, over time, low-maintenance vegetation is established on a site. However, it is not as easy as buying a few plants that the local nursery labels as native, planting them in the ground, and walking away. It is clear that, in order to be successful, careful thought should be used in selection of plant species, installation of those species, and maintenance of those species until establishment. For those that are concerned about losses of native species diversity, using native plant species in their projects is a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor. The final product, a restored native community of plants and wildlife, is well worth the effort.


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