Growing trees and plants at home to both sequester carbon and provide a wildlife habitat: a few thoughts. Grow plants that are native to your area, and if your summers are dry, prioritize drought-tolerant plants. Here in the Great Lakes region, we can sequester carbon by growing native oak trees, and keep wildlife happy & sheltered with shrubs like dogwood & serviceberry, and plant native prairie flowers: milkweed, butterfly bush, rudbeckia, echinacea, asters, compass plants, and more.

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My favorite place to get native plants is prairiemoon.com/ and skip the “wildflowers” and showy commercially-grown flowers at big box stores. Our water treatment department also offers a rain garden kit of native plants each year, so maybe you can find a local organization that sells native plants as well.

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