I couldn’t agree more with Adrian Ayres Fisher’s beautifully worded and important piece about introducing native plants to our parks [Oak Park needs more native plants for its parks, Viewpoints, April 13]. I hope it was thoughtfully read by many people.

I would just like to add that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the majority of our population now lives in cities or suburbs. Our backyards and parks are looking like the last refuge for our native plants and animals.

In this light, we all need to rethink our love of non-native plants, which are pretty much worthless to our native wildlife. The good news is that we can help restore the balance by planting plants native to Illinois.

We can make a difference to the biodiversity of native plants and animals and have absolutely beautiful parks and yards.

Barbara Mays
Oak Park

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