“Native”, “Naturalized”, “Invasive”: Categorizing plants is not as simple as you may think.
In the 21st century we live in a global ecology with migration of plants, insects and vertebrates taking place at an unprecedented rate. Human activity, including intentional or unintentional transport of plants, insects and diseases from all over the world has wreaked havoc on local ecosystems for centuries.
David Bartlem, a landscape designer and environmental literacy advocate, will discuss “native” vs “naturalized” vs “non-native” and “invasive” plants in the landscape here in the Catskills. David is an Andes resident with a degree in landscape architecture from Cornell University. He has worked with international and domestic firms including Architect I.M. Pei and Partners. He recently participated in a 3-month permaculture program at Kalani Wellness Retreat Center on Hawaii, and has completed coursework toward certification as a New York State Flood Plain Manager.
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