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Ban The Callery Pear

Remember these names: Pyrus Calleryana, Bradford Pear, Callery Pear. They are the same, and wanted for murder of anything that surrounds them. Why do we plant them? Because they are cheep and easy to produce. In fact, they are so easy to produce that birds eating the seeds will populate the tree wherever the birds travel. They are uncontrolled. They are invasive. They steel from our native plants and trees. This is probably because they are early bloomers in the season, taking in all of the nutrients from the soil, taking a bigger root/grip on the land, hindering/preventing other native beauties from growing or flourishing. "Terrestrial Plant Rule: The Terrestrial Plant Rule (312IAC 18-3-25) designates 44 species of plants as invasive pests. This rule makes it illegal to sell, gift, barter, exchange, distribute, transport, or introduce these plants in the State of Indiana."  (Unkown1) So, why is this invasive tree not on the Indiana Terrestrial Plant Rule list? Let's face
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First Posting

This first blog entry is just to get my feet wet, to allow whatever direction this takes. There is so much to learn, so much we can do. And I am no expert by any means. Not even close. It will be up to you to do your own backcheck on what I provide. So, do your research to come up with your plan to become stewards of our planet. Planting native has so many benefits. Non-native has the opposite affect. For now I cannot state in my own words the importance or how this all happens within the ecosystem. Later, I hope that I can. So, why be so concerned about native only? They adapt to our local climate. They grow in our local soil. They provide life to local insects, butterflies, and birds. They provide cover for insects and animals from predators. They help with rain water. They are low maintenance. Basically, non-native does little to none of the above. Non-native does its best to destroy native. The following images are from postings found on the Internet. Some may state who authored, o