Bedford 2020 @ http://bedford2020.org is a non-profit organization leading a grass roots effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% by the year 2020 in the town of Bedford, NY. They are making a difference through community programs that span five action areas, including: Energy, Food & Agriculture, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, and Water & Land Use. Bedford 2020 programs are led by the work of nine Task Forces staffed with over 90 community volunteers.  Log on for great ideas and sign up for their newsletters.  Contact info: Bedford 2020, PO Box 812, Bedford Hills, NY 10507 | 914.620.2411


The NATIVE PLANT CENTER: http://www.sunywcc.edu/about/npc/ Find out how you can enhance your own gardens with native plants by visiting their demonstration gardens at the Westchester Community College Campus in Valhalla, attending Go Native U classes, events, their annual plant sale, or in a number of other ways.

This list of SUBSTITUES TO INVASIVE PLANTS: http://www.newfs.org/docs/docs/invalt2.pdf will help you to find and replace invasives with native plants that are helpful to our environment and wildlife.

INVASIVE SPECIES PLANT LIST with pictures: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/isprohibitedplants2.pdf New York State has banned the sale, purchase, and transport of many invasive species. This list includes the plants have been wreaking havoc in Hudson Valley landscapes for decades. It includes includes some home and commercial landscaping favorites such as Japanese barberry, autumn olive, privet, multiflora rose, yellow iris, and several types of bamboo, spurge and honeysuckle, among others. If you want to see the entire list, including animals, insects, etc: http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/unitedstates/ny.shtml

Get helpful gardening and landscaping tips and videos http://www.ecobeneficial.com to improve the environment in your own landscape and boost your backyard ecosystem.

A link to the Cary Institute in Millbrook, NY http://www.caryinstitute.org For more than thirty years The Cary Institute team of scientists has been investigating the complex interactions that govern the natural world. Their objective findings lead to more effective policy decisions and increased environmental literacy.

The UCONN DATABASE PLANT LIST http://hort.uconn.edu At this site are plant information pages that contain text, photographs, illustrations and latin name pronounciations. The plants listed in this resource are meant to create an awareness of the great variety of ornamental plants that will grow in USDA hardiness zone 6 or colder, and to encourage people to think about planting a greater variety of ornamentals.

A list of native plants:  http://planning.westchestergov.com/images/stories/stormwater/GoNative.pdf  recommended for Westchester County homeowners and landscapers.

Learn about MONARCH BUTTERFLYS ​​http://www.monarchwatch.org and how we can help preserve these amazing populations. ​Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to areas in Mexico and California where they wait out the winter until they return in the spring. The monarch migration is truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss in North America - at the overwintering sites and throughout the spring and summer breeding range as well. To offset the loss of milkweeds and nectar sources we need to create, conserve, and protect milkweed/monarch habitats. You can help by creating "Monarch Waystations" (monarch habitats) http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/ in home gardens, at schools, businesses, parks, zoos, nature centers, along roadsides, and on other unused plots of land.