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Use the power of policy!

Go Native! perennials is delighted to see NYS elected officials pushing policies to support restoring our beleagered landscapes with native plant species.  They've done the work to put these bills together, now it is OUR job to show support for them. Let's do this!!

Policy name: Low Impact Landscaping Rights Act  (S7088)  This bill allows homeowners to have more control over the planting and maintenance of their own yards so that they can plant native gardens, meadows and low impact landscapes. Read more here.

What to do NOW: 

  • Send a letter to your NYS Senator asking him/her to support this act

  • Ask your friends and family and any groups you are affiliated with to sign your letter.  

  • If you want to sign our letter please email us with your name (and affiliation if you have one you'd like to represent), your town and zip code, and if your NYS senator is NOT Rachel May then please also send the name, district #, tel number and email of your NYS senator.

Policy name: Pollinator Promotion Act (S7582). This bill promotes the health and viability of pollinators in NYS by supporting habitat protection, native habitat restoration on state lands, and increasing public awareness of the importance of pollinators.  And there's a lot more - read it here.

What to do NOW: 

  • Send a letter to your NYS Senator asking him/her to support this act

  • Ask your friends and family and any groups you are affiliated with to sign your letter.  

  • If you want to sign our letter please email us with your name (and affiliation if you have one you'd like to represent), your town and zip code, and if your NYS senator is NOT Rachel May thenplease also send the name, district #, tel number and email of your NYS senator.

Policy name: ​Native Plant Program (A8153) requires appropriate native plantings in greenspaces, state parks, conservation sites, recreation areas, historic locations, tourist attractions, areas of local importance, and at SUNY and other educational institutions, zoos, botanical gardens, aquaria, arboreta, commercial nurseries, community gardens, and garden clubs will be encouraged through public-private partnerships to increase the availability of native plants and share knowledge about their use, provenance, maintenance, and propagation. Read more here.

What to do NOW: 

  • Send a letter to your NYS Assemblywoman/man asking him/her to support this act

  • Ask your friends and family and any groups you are affiliated with to sign your letter.  

  • If you want to sign our letter please email us with your name (and affiliation if you have one you'd like to represent), your town and zip code, and if your NYS Assemblyman/woman is NOT John Lemondes then please also send the name, district #, tel number and email of your NYS Assembly person.

WHY?  Here's why these bills are important:

  1. One out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects.

  2. Thirty-eight (38%) of native pollinators are in danger of becoming locally extinct, with some estimates reaching as high as 60%.  (Native pollinators need native plants for food and habitat.)

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