Friday, October 12, 2012
Tomorrow, the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, or CNPS, is holding a Native Plant Sale, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the UCSC Arboretum. If you are a member of CNPS you get “first dibs,” starting at 10:00 o’clock. If you are not a member of CNPS, you are invited to attend the sale starting at noon. I think that CNPS will let you join at the door, so that’s an option for you non‑members who want to be in the first wave of plant buyers.
Lest listeners think that I have forgotten that the Land Use Report is supposed to focus on land use policy, not home improvement projects, I do want to let you know that there is a pretty close connection between good land use and native plants. If we want to preserve and protect native plant communities (and the animal communities that depend on them) our land use policies need to respect native plant habitat. Many of the major land use issues on Fort Ord are directly related to whether or not we are willing to protect native habitat.
In addition, our long-term land use challenges involve getting existing and future development into a better balance with our local water resources. That means we need to reduce the use of water consumptive, non-native species in our residential and commercial landscapes.
Planning ahead for a possible drought, think about attending that Native Plant Sale tomorrow.