Tricounty News

DNR question of the week Question: Why should we plant native trees and other vegetation in an urban area? What sort of benefits do they offer?

Question: Why should we plant native trees and other vegetation in an urban area? What sort of benefits do they offer? Answer: One major benefit to planting native species in urban areas is that they are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. They generally thrive with very little attention and can survive extreme weather conditions very well. Native plants are also important to wildlife because they provide food and shelter. Because native plants are found throughout Minnesota, they're a better alternative than non-native species, which can cause ecological damage to our natural environments. Some non-natives, such as buckthorn, are known to invade our prairies, forests and water bodies, spread quickly and crowd out native plants. So when we see a native oak or dogwood growing in an urban setting we maintain our connection to the natural world and protect Minnesota's natural resources.