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In Our Own Backyard - Chapter 6 Extract

FoxLiving in a woodland community means that we share the space with some very long-term residents. We are a part of the natural environment. As part of the local environment, we must always be mindful that changes in one part of the ecosystem affect all of its other parts. Even when initiated with good intentions, the ramifications of tinkering with a very complex system can be serious, long-lasting and frequently hard to predict.

For example, the introduction of the European buckthorn, originally viewed as aAsian Long-Horned Beetle desirable hedging, now crowds out native plants and threatens the very existence of our woodlands. Another importation gone awry, the gypsy moth, was brought to America in the 1860's to establish domestic silk production. When lavae escaped, we found ourselves with a nationwide defoliator of oak trees, a problem currently without an entirely satisfactory solution.

The best way to avoid such trouble is to treat the natural world around us cautiously, and with great respect. By preserving the health and biodiversity of our environment, we help ensure health and vitality for ourselves.

FrogFor many of us, living with native plants and wildlife is not merely something to which we adapt, but a reason for moving to Riverwoods. The beauty of the wildflowers and the occasional, unexpected contact with a bit of wildness, whether a coyote sighting, a hawk circling in search of prey, or a butterfly on a native flower, provides an antidote to the frenetic pace of the workday world. May residents have come to Riverwoods to enjoy what many of the neighboring suburbs have lost to development and higher population density. If we can observe, rather than intrude, perhaps we can preserve what is here and restore some of what has already been lost. ...

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