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    Native plant ordinance

    Does any one have a good example of a native plant ordinance that you would share?
    I'm in PA, but I'm sure we can adapt anything... thanks!!
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    Hey Clore - I don't have it my Ordinance, but I put it in my draft Comp Plan so it will become ordinance.

    I likely will write to reference a recognized institution that generates the Native plant specie list - it might be your County Co-op Extension or some other source - that way if new species are added, (uh, wait, scratch that, LOL!)...

    it will likely go something like:

    all Landscape Plans shall use native plant species as published by x. This requirement shall not apply to plantings in containers sitting above original grade.
    Because Aunt Mable wants her petunias!

    Now I have to remember to come back to this thread when I go write this Ordinance.

    Be prepared to get some flak for this - I know I will be called "the plant police" when I do it

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    In our site plan regs, we have guidelines for native plants, and invasives that are prohibited.

    See attached....
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    "Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

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    Excellent! Thank you!

    Might as well be called some kind of police- might as well do the crime since we're doing the time!
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    This is for my area.

    http://www.ci.golden-valley.mn.us/en...tiveplants.htm

    I sent in a rough map of where I intended to plant, and got a call back that I need not apply for a permit, since my planting was just under half the yard minus structures. If I had intended to plant grasses, or would be doing a controled burn, then the permit would be required.
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    our county passed an executive order either prohibiting invasives or requiring natives
    "Yeehaw!" is not a foreign policy

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    Wow! Let's hear it for strong county governments!
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    here is our Aquatic Restoration program...that deals with native plants

    http://www.westchestergov.com/planni...torationSites/

    Our model wetlands and stormwater ordinances have some native species language:

    http://www.westchestergov.com/planni...0Ordinance.pdf

    http://www.westchestergov.com/planni...0Officials.pdf
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    Another thing to watch for is that technically the natives should be grown from seed thats have been gathered from plants grown in the area or region. Hybridize plants are a no no, though often they perform better and are easier to maintain which in a public realm is desirable.

    Out here in southern california everyone is jumping on the native planting bandwagon though as of now the successfull attempts tend to be rather kitshcee (sic)

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    The native plant gardener needs more patience than the perrenial gardener. The first year, all the energy goes to the roots.
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    While I don't work for (or live in) Pima County this is the most comprehesive ordinance I've ever seen.

    http://www.pima.gov/cob/code/c18b10.html

    and their manual:

    http://www.pimaxpress.com/Planning/P...PPO_Manual.pdf

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    native plants ordinance

    Atlanta has a pretty impressive and through tree (and canopy) ordinance... there is also a fairly comprehensive section on native species requirements

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