Augmenting its work at Mountain Lakes, FOPOS has catalyzed and helped sustain many local projects. Most of these have involved transforming mowed landscapes into rich native habitats.
Urban landscapes are typically managed for trees and turfgrasses that offer little food or cover for wildlife. In books like Douglas Tallamy’s “Bringing Nature Home”, a convincing case is made that our remaining natural areas are too small and fragmented to sustain biodiversity. An effort to improve habitat in human-dominated landscapes is needed if we are to prevent an ongoing local and regional extinction of species.
With this in mind, FOPOS is actively re-establishing habitat throughout town–at local schools, in parks, along the canal, and by assisting in the creation of a raingarden on Harrison Street. FOPOS has also provided native plants, grown in its small greenhouse, for these projects.