Hank Aaron State Trail: Menomonee Valley Native Plants

© Photographed August 14, 2018
Erected by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,
Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc.,
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43°01'29.0"N 87°57'38.0"W
43.024733, -87.960541
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Native plants are those species that were growing here before humans brought in plants from distant places. Native plants provide food and shelter to support birds, insects, fish, and animals. They provided food and medicine for Native Americans and also supplied materials for shelter, ropes, clothing, and containers.
Invasive, non-native plants displace native plants and disrupt ecosystems. 
In Milwaukee we have many invasive non-native plants, including buckthorn, Japanese honeysuckle, purple loosestrife, and garlic mustard. These plants are so aggressive that they crowd out native plants, reducing the habitat for insects, birds, fish, and mammals. As many as thirty different bugs, birds, and animals disappear when a single plant species is pushed out by an invasion of purple loosestrife. Invasive plants must be controlled or removed to protect habitat. 
"Try to heal the earth by using native plants -- plants that have already adjusted over hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, to the soil and climate of our region." 
"Our yards should be so interesting that when children get out of bed in the morning they run to the window to look out to see what's happening, and the last thing at night they stand there for a while, to see what's happening, at dusk." -- Lorrie Otto 
Milwaukee has been a national leader in promoting natural landscaping. Lorrie Otto helped found Wild Ones (advocating native plants in natural landscapes) in 1977. Lorrie, a member of the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, has inspired many lively, environmentally sound, regionally appropriate natural landscapes, in Milwaukee and across the land.
Plant native plants to provide habitat and decrease use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Volunteer for a "Weed Out" with the Park People to help remove invasive species from our parks.
The marker is located along the Hank Aaron State Trail, just west of the bridge that crosses the Menomonee River to the Menomonee Valley Passage, adjacent to eastbound West Canal Street, west of its convergence with Frederick Miller Way and its T-intersection with Selig Drive,  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Looking west along the Hank Aaron State Trail.

The marker is visible in the bushes to the left, just past the
wooden bridge leading to the Menomonee Valley Passage.
With the Milwaukee Brewers stadium in the distance.
The marker is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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