Native plants are an important part of any ecosystem-- they provide habitat and food sources for native wildlife. Within the park, there are 813 native species of plants. While many homeowners choose non-native plants for their gardens, we strive to use species that naturally occur in this region. Many examples of native plants in landscaping settings can be seen throughout the park- the parking lots at Johnson Ferry North and Paces Mill have recently been restored with native species, as has an area in front of the park headquarters at Island Ford. For more on the native landscaping at Island Ford, click here.