The good news is Oak Park is busy planting trees. The bad news is that over 40% of them are non-native. As far as the birds and butterflies are concerned, one might as well plant plastic Christmas trees. Female butterflies don’t recognize non-native trees and won’t lay their eggs on them, which means there will be fewer butterflies. Worse still, even seed-eating birds like cardinals feed their babies insects, and butterfly caterpillars are a large part of their diet. That means fewer birds. 

Nature is under assault everywhere and non-native plants aren’t helping. If nature dies, we die. There are plenty of good native trees to plant, we shouldn’t be spending tax dollars to be part of the problem.

Steven Olderr

Oak Park

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