Strengthening the Mill Pond Habitat Through Native Planting Around Town
Dorchester’s beloved Mill Pond depends on a Carolinian ecosystem that extends beyond property lines.
An upcoming virtual native planting Skills Lab on May 4th 7-8:30pm organized by the Mill Pond Committee and I Love Dorchester will provide Thames Centre tailored advice for native gardening: a timely spring activity for families stuck at home.
What is a Seed Strategy?
The goal is to scale-up a small amount of local, wild seed, so that we can pay it forward and grow our collective capacity to do high quality habitat restoration. Populations of wild plants established outside their natural habitat for conservation purposes are called ‘ex situ’ populations, but we sometimes refer to them simply as ‘captive’ populations of known wild origin. Seeds can be scaled up using traditional agronomic practices, and these ‘ex situ’ orchards may provide much more seed, without impacting the original wild population more than once.