“Ninety-five percent of the country has been logged, tilled, drained, grazed, paved, or otherwise developed. Our rivers have been straightened and dammed (damned?), and several no longer reach the sea. Our air has been polluted, our aquifers pumped nearly dry, and our climate changed for centuries to come.”Douglas W. Tallamy
Nature’s Best Hope is the third book that I have read by Douglas W. Tallamy. And as always, I felt very inspired by it. Like, Bringing Nature Home, this book tackles how we can utilize our own yards to help our surrounding ecosystems. He thoroughly discusses why it is important to change the way we look at our yards. In many places in America, particularly the suburbs, we see tracked home with large green yards with maybe a tree or two. Tallamy tells readers that large yards with shrubs and trees were actually quite famous in Europe, particularly among those with wealth, and the inspiration was brought back by Thomas Jefferson himself. However, grass does not help local ecosystems. In fact, it inhibits the ecosystem’s survival. The best thing we can do is research what plants are natural to the area, plants that will support animal and insect life. If we support these ecosystems, we can give the Earth a fighting chance.
“Our privately owned land and the ecosystems upon it are essential to everyone’s well-being, not just our own. Abusing land anywhere has negative ramifications for people everywhere.”Douglas W. Tallamy
I absolutely love this book and I am so glad I purchased a physical copy, I don’t think the kindle or audiobook version would have done it justice. This book is filled with gloriously beautiful, colorful pictures and graphs! I feel that it only helps feed the inspiration of Tallamy’s words. As I have said in previous reviews, we are currently moving to the mountains. Because of these books, I have been researching the local plants and trees in where I will be living. One of the reasons I read The Nature of Oaks, is because Oak trees are everywhere on our property. –I am not kidding, you should see the size of the gray squirrels in the area! We will not be cutting down any trees for the construction of our house and are designing our house to benefit the land. But my research about plant life is also very complex. I want to make sure the ecosystem thrives where we live.
This book is extremely informative and can also confront the norms of how we “design” our yards. People who read this book really need to open their minds to understand and learn how to make a difference. Overall, another amazing book by Tallamy! I rate it 5 out of 5 stars!