One Maine-based project sees a future of Maine landscapes that go back to their original beautiful selves.  The Wild Seed Project is a project out of Southern Maine with a mission to have Mainer's focus on healthy ways to grow and maintain our lawns, meadows and property rather than utilizing landscaping that is 'more traditional' but also less healthy for our biodiversity.

The Wild Seed project has a few missions that include inspiring Mainers and protect native plants of Maine and even more broadly the ecosystem of the world.

Here are the organization's missions:

Our mission is to inspire people to take action and join us in increasing the presence of native plants grown from wild seed.

Our vision is that people create and repopulate landscapes to be abundant with native plants that safeguard wildlife habitat, support biodiversity, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Wild Seed Project is encouraging Mainer's to think about the environmental impact of what their lawns, dooryards and properties can bring to our shared ecological environment by purchasing, sowing and nurturing native plants of Maine.  Creating more a more plentiful native plant population will help the many insects and animals that live off of Maine's lands, directly from the native plants or indirectly.

The organization stresses the needs of building up the native plants of Maine which includes providing habitat for Maine's creatures, give us a chance to combat climate change effects and take the opportunity to build Maine's sense of place.

You can pledge to take part in the 'Pledge to Rewild' campaign

The Wild Seed Project have 10 'rewilding action steps' for you to take in order to build up the native plants at your home or business. Here are ways for you to rewild:

  1. Plant trees that support local food webs

  2. Shrink your lawn

  3. Fill every open niche with a wide diversity and abundance of plants

  4. Target specific pollinators to support

  5. Change your maintenance regimen

  6. Add wildlife-friendly features to your site

  7. Stop fertilizing or spraying pesticides

  8. Remove invasive plants

  9. Join forces with your neighbors

  10. Educate your local civic associations

For more about rewilding, visit the 'Wild Seed Project' website.

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